Halton police bust keeps more than $1 million worth of drugs off streets of Milton, Burlington, Oakville


Published April 12, 2023 at 11:23 am

A six-month investigation has led Halton police to two arrests, two warrants issued and $1,000,000 worth of drugs being pulled off streets in Milton, Burlington and Oakville.

On March 30, members of the Halton Regional Police Service – Drug and Human Trafficking Unit concluded “Project Guild”.

Search warrants were executed at a Milton residence, two Mississauga locations and associated vehicles.

Investigators have seized the following:

  • 15 kilograms of cocaine
  • 1 kilogram of Fentanyl
  • 1 kilogram of ketamine
  • half-kilogram of MDMA (Ecstasy)
  • 285 grams of Heroin

The estimated wholesale value of the drugs seized is approximately $1,000,000.

“The Halton Regional Police Service and its members remain committed to holding individuals who distribute illicit substances accountable,” said Deputy Chief Jeff Hill.

“The amount of cocaine and opioids seized in this investigation poses a real danger to Halton Region and surrounding communities. We will continue vigorously investigating those illegally distributing dangerous substances.”

Abdullah-Akhound Khawaja, 29, of Milton has been charged with five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine, ketamine and MDMA), and trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).

Francisco Mejia-Chavarria, 27, of Edmonton has been charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl and heroin).

Both men were held pending a bail hearing.

Warrants have been issued for the following individuals for their alleged involvement in the investigation:

Kevin Nguyen, 26, of Mississauga:

  • Six counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (fentanyl, heroin and cocaine)
  • Dangerous driving
  • Fail to comply with a release order

Tran Larissa Vu, 26, of Mississauga:

  • Fail to comply with a release order

“Bulk quantities of illicit drugs are routinely supplemented with toxic substances which can cause significant harm to the unsuspecting end user,” said Inspt. Dave Costantini.

“Considering the street sale profits derived from this seizure, the wholesale value of $1,000,000 grows exponentially. The individuals involved in organized crime do not care about the risk they pose to public safety, they care about stuffing their own pockets.”

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Drug and Human Trafficking Unit at 905-825-4777, ext. 5331.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or at the website.

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