BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
SCUGOG: One Scugog resident is facing serious trafficking charges, after the months-long Project Bermuda drug investigation culminated in the arrest of 24 suspects last week.
Spear-headed by Durham Regional Police Service, search warrants led to the seizure of cocaine, hashish and marijuana valued at $270,000, eight firearms, two prohibited weapons, and $100,000 in cash.
Allesandro Saltarelli, a 27 year-old Scugog resident, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking MDMA, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Psilocybin, Proceeds of Crime Over $5000, Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and Trafficking Cocaine.
From other suspects, police also seized several vehicles used for criminal activity, a trailer and a boat. The total number of charges laid now sits at 153.
Project Bermuda began in February, after weapons and drugs were discovered in an Oshawa residence. The investigation since grew to encompass street-level drug dealers across Durham Region.
The DRPS were assisted by other police services during a series of raids conducted in Toronto, York Region, Pontypool and Bancroft.
A list of those charged during this projectcan be viewed on-line at www.drps.ca/internet_explorer/whatsnew/whatsnew_view.asp?ID=28414. Of the 24 people charged, 18 are from Durham Region, six are female, 18 are male, with ages ranging from 16 to 56 years-old.
"We are not releasing anything more than the original information, as these cases are now before the courts," said Dave Selby of the DRPS.
Anyone with new information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the D/Sgt. Moote of the DRPS Intelligence Branch at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5805.