Two Durham cops charged in drug investigation

A police force in southern Ontario says two of its officers are facing numerous charges related to an alleged local drug ring.

Durham Region police say the officers came under investigation as the force began looking into alleged activities at a bar in Ajax.

Police say they began looking into allegations of drug transactions and excessive alcohol service at the Black Bear Pub and Grill in the summer of 2016, and eventually discovered that the two officers were connected to the bar's owner.

On Tuesday, police arrested the two officers along with three other people and laid numerous charges related to the alleged trafficking of marijuana and cocaine.

Const. Husen Aswat, who has been with Durham Region police for nine years, is facing 19 charges including seven counts of breach of trust and four counts of trafficking in cocaine.

Eight-year force veteran Const. Amandeep Thakur is facing four charges including two counts of breach of trust and possession of property obtained by crime. Both officers are currently suspended from duty.