Police in York and Toronto Region and the Canada Border Services Agency participated in the investigation.
The York Regional Police Services Peel, north of Toronto, announced on Tuesday that they had dismantled a drug trafficking network.
Investigations have resulted in the recovery of more than 90 kilograms of various drugs worth over $12 million.
Among the drugs seized are 40 kilograms of benzimidazole isotonitazene, a synthetic opioid comparable to fentanyl, as well as 16.6 kilograms of MDMA, a recreational drug and main constituent of ecstasy, which produces euphoric effects and heightens sensations.
Four males between the ages of 30 and 38 have been arrested and face multiple charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking drugs.
This group has strong ties to the Mississauga and Brampton areas, police say.
In addition to active members of the ring, investigators uncovered various methods of storing, transporting and supplying drugs, said Nick Milinovich, deputy chief of police investigation and emergency services. Peel.
The lot seized also includes 12.9 kilograms of methamphetamine and 3.7 kilograms of cocaine.
Officer says network bust is proof authorities are committed to tackling Peel Region's major opioid crisis.
“We had 191 fatal overdoses in 2021 in Peel. This is an increase from 186 in 2020. We will tackle organized crime and people who seek to take advantage of vulnerabilities in our community.
— Nick Milinovich, Deputy Chief of Investigation and Emergency Services, Peel Police
Nick Milinovich adds that 88% of fatal overdoses in the region in 2021 were caused by opiates.
According to the officer, as of July 31 this year, there were 71 overdose deaths in the region of Peel. 47 are confirmed and 24 are awaiting post-mortem verification, he said.