Trucking company at center of Peel Region’s largest-ever drug bust

by Today's Trucking

A Milton, Ont.-based trucking company was at the center of Peel Region Police’s largest-ever drug bust.

The agency today announced the result of an 11-month investigation into the drug ring, which it dubbed Project Zucaritas. The investigation resulted in the seizure of 383 kgs of drugs with a street value of more than $25 million.

Peel Region Police alleged North King Logistics, located at 50 Steeles Ave., in Milton, Ont., was responsible for moving the drugs in commercial trucks.

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Peel Region Police seized more than $25 million in illegal drugs. (Photo: Peel Region Police)

“Our Specialized Enforcement Bureau, both civilian and uniform members, worked tirelessly to bring this investigation to a successful outcome,” said Inspector Todd Custance, Specialized Enforcement Bureau. “The seizures of these drugs represent a significant financial impact to organized crime, which in turn will limit their ability to finance future illicit activities.”

The drugs were distributed throughout the Greater Toronto Area and across the Canada/U.S. border, police allege.

Charges were laid against: Khalilullah Amin; Jaspreet Singh; Wray Ip; Ravinder Boparai; and Gurdeep Gakhal. Gakhal was arrested and is being held in the U.S. while his return to Canada is coordinated. Zaracitas is a Spanish term for a sugary cereal, which was how some of the drugs were labeled during transport.

During a press conference, Peel Regional Police noted “some of the drugs were concealed in the rear of tractor-trailers within legitimate loads of goods.”

Friend Furniture at 2835 Argentia Road in Mississauga, Ont., was also identified as a transfer hub.

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  • It is things like this that gives the trucking industry a big black eye and lowers our reputation in the eyes of the public.

    • The trucking industry is in bad shape. First it’s the the phoney licensing, now this. I know the industry is desperate for drivers but there has to be more done to insure safety on the roads. I’ve personally seen trucks stuck on northbound ramps trying to head south. I’ve seen trucks trying to make a u-turn in a snow plow turn around on a 4 lane highway in a snowstorm that ended closing the highway for hours. The fatalities involving big trucks must be are higher given the news reports. This is just my opinion.

    • They should dealt with harshly, drugs are the biggest threat to our people, they ruin lives, cause death and all families should be aware of these people.

  • These guys must be rewarded with death penalty as they were killing other people’s kids with these drugs.

  • And at the same time probably under cutting legitimate trucking company freight rates.
    The cops should take a hard long look at these upstart trucking companies that are just a front for these type of illegal activities.
    As a trucker for over 20 years I see my own company constantly getting beat down by quick upstarts cutting our rates so much that it’s impossible to compete.
    No wonder they can can basically run freight for almost nothing when they have millions in drugs hidden amongst the legitimate freight.

    Freight brokers…Take note.

  • That whole convoy thing didn’t help either, sadly.

    Maybe leave the local residents out of it next time, and don’t terrorize the public/impede ambulances/be a general nuisance.

  • Government doubles price of diesel
    What can they expect
    Inflation up ( government mess)
    Insurance up ( government allowed)
    Fuel way way up ( government BS )
    People have to make ends meet
    Good people resorting to criminal means
    To feed kids ( death penalty)
    Wow probably Trudeau idea : %

  • 11 months of investigation to seize just 383 kg? It appears to be a big number but apparently it’s nothing when compared with the actual drug shipments that regularly comes. There are drug dealers in every corner now openly selling drugs, we need to stop the main organizations that run the drug business in tons.

  • Jaspreet Singh was arrested just over 2 years ago for the same thing, but less drugs.
    How was he out and about and continuing to smuggle drugs?