Five charged in connection with drug distribution case dubbed Project Fire Extinguisher
Paul Johnston, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, June 24, 2015 4:47PM EDT
Toronto police have charged five people in connection with the alleged distribution of a variety of drugs throughout the Greater Toronto Area.
The two-month investigation, dubbed Project Fire Extinguisher, led police to execute a number of search warrants on homes and vehicles across the GTA earlier this week.
According to police, investigators seized $100,000 worth of cocaine, MDMA and marijuana, 55 pounds of phenacetin – a cutting agent used to increase the yield of the cocaine – and approximately $10,000 in cash.
Police identified five suspects – four men and a woman – charged in connection with the case in a release issued Wednesday afternoon.
Thomas Cherukara and Shane Monteiro, both 27 and from Mississauga, and 25-year-old Joannie Cote, of Mascouche, Que., face a number of charges each, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of the proceeds of crime.
All three are scheduled to appear in court June 26.
Myron Pinto, 31, of Woodbridge, is charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of the proceeds of crime.
He is scheduled to appear in court July 28.
Twenty-three-year-old Sachin Ghai, of Milton, faces charges including possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of MDMA for the purpose of trafficking, and conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.
He was scheduled to appear in court today.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-6110 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).