The RCMP, along with several police agencies in Peel, Toronto and York, made the announcement Monday while discussing the results of a joint operation that was launched last September, and which focused on large shipments of drugs that were being sent through Pearson in wooden crates with false bottoms.
According to authorities, the joint operation, which was helmed alongside Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), began after they were alerted to major shipments of marijuana being sent in crates through Pearson, and destined for the Caribbean.
The joint operation, dubbed “Project OALTO,” led to the discovery of 43 kilograms of marijuana and 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, along with over $130,000 in cash ammunition, gun accessories and a stolen vehicle. Five individuals located in Ontario were charged in connection with the crime, including 34 year-old Dean McAlpine, of Aljax; 32 year-old Charlotte Batticks, of Ajax; 31 year-old Dakota Henderson, of Toronto; 57 year-old Robin Bernice Henderson, of Toronto; and 59 year-old Terrell Ling, of Toronto.
The suspects were charged with multiple drug-related crimes, inc l u d i n g unauthorized transportation of cannabis, conspiracy to commit and possession of stolen property, among others. All five suspects appeared in Brampton court Thursday morning to answer to the charges. In a statement, RCMP Toronto Airport Detachment Inspector Barry Dolan said that transnational organized crime groups continue to exploit opportunities to increase their influence, networks and profit even through a global pandemic.
“The illegal exportation of cannabis has been linked to the illegal importation of dangerous narcotics such as cocaine, which is the primary illegal revenue tool of these groups,” Dolan said Monday. “These results speak to the RCMP’s commitment to border integrity and public safety.” Anyone with information about the importation or exportation of controlled substances is asked to call the Ontario RCMP at 1-800-387-0020, or report anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), at any time.