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$1.6M in drugs seized during Project Fade

Search warrants executed in Milton, Oakville and other locations on March 24 and 25; four people charged
Police seized approximately $1.6 million in drugs during search warrants associated with Project Fade on March 24 and 25

On March 25, 2024, members of the Halton Regional Police Service Regional Drugs and Organized Crime Unit concluded a four-month investigation dubbed Project Fade. Fade commenced after identifying a resident of Milton that was involved in the distribution of cocaine. Investigation into this male revealed a drug trafficking network involving three other people that operated in the Halton Region and surrounding areas.

“Organized crime groups generate substantial profits from the distribution and sale of illicit drugs. This is their sole focus. They do not concern themselves with the violence and devastation they bring to our communities,” said Det./Sgt. Barrett Gabriel, Regional Drugs and Organized Crime Unit.

Between March 24-25, six controlled drugs and substances act search warrants were executed at residential locations in Oakville, Milton, Mississauga and Guelph. As a result, the following items were located and seized:

  • Approximately 20 kilograms of cocaine
  • 1 ounce of MDMA
  • Over 500 prescription pills including Oxycodone and Clonazepam
  • ¼ ounce of methamphetamine
  • Approximately $350,000 in bundled Canadian currency.

“The drugs seized in this investigation have an estimated street value exceeding 1.6 million dollars. When we consider the fact that in 2024, our officers have responded to 136 drug poisoning events, nine of which resulted in a fatality, this is a significant interdiction which will ultimately save many lives,” said Superintendent Dave Costantini Halton Regional Police Service.

As a result of the investigation, the following people were charged:

Sami Karnaz, Milton

  • two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine)        
  • Property Obtained by Crime – over $5,000

Gurdeep Bagri, Guelph 

  • two counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine)   
  • Property Obtained by Crime – over $5,000

Fadey Tannus, Mississauga

  • five counts of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine, MDMA, Crystal Methamphetamine, Oxycodone and Clonazepam)

Phillip Chung, Mississauga

  • one count of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking (cocaine) 

Know the Signs

A drug poisoning is a medical emergency. Know the signs of a drug poisoning and call 9-1-1 right away:

  • difficulty walking, talking, or staying awake
  • blue lips or nails
  • very small pupils
  • cold and clammy skin
  • dizziness and confusion
  • extreme drowsiness
  • choking, gurgling or snoring sounds
  • slow, weak, or no breathing
  • inability to wake up, even when shaken or shouted at

Don't Run. Call 9-1-1.

Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) frontline officers, and other first responders in Halton, carry naloxone and we want to assist. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides broad legal protections for anyone seeking emergency support during a drug poisoning, including the person experiencing the poisoning. This means citizens, including youth, will not be charged for offences such as simple possession for calling 9-1-1 in an emergency.


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