18 People Face 82 Charges in Alleged Drug Trafficking Operation

More than 80 charges have been laid after Police busted an alleged drug ring operating between Kingston and the G.T.A.

Durham Region Police launched an investigation dubbed Project Yuma in May in collaboration with Kingston Police
    
The ring allegedly distributed large quantities of powdered fentanyl, cocaine and crystal meth between Kingston and the G.T.A.
     
At least 18 people have been charged in the four-month investigation, including three men from Kingston, one man from Amherstview and one man from Elginburg.

Police say more than eight kilograms of cocaine was seized, along with 1.5 kilograms of crystal meth, 737 grams of powdered Fentanyl, 10 kilograms of marijuana and a small quantity of MDMA, with an estimated street value of $1.4-million.

$750,000 in cash, assorted weapons and several stolen vehicles were also seized.

Andreas Dristas, 31 of Kingston is charged with; trafficking a schedule one substance, and possession of proceeds obtained by crime over $5,000.

Ryan Denee, 40, of Kingston is charged with; 2 counts of possession.

Jeff Couto, 37, of Kingston is charged with; possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Matt Mabey, 29, of Amherstview is charged with; possession, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime over $5000.

Richard Tozer, 37, of Elginburg is charged with; possession for the purpose of trafficking, and breach of a conditional sentence.

Anyone with information about illegal drug sales in the Kingston area is asked to contact the DEU at 1-613-549-4660 ext. 6178, or call the general number 613-549-4660 ext. 0 and ask to be anonymous.

Click here to provide an anonymous tip online, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).