The Barrie Police Service (BPS) has brought a nearly five-month drug probe to a close with over a dozen charges laid and hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cocaine seized. It’s the largest seizure in the history of the service.
The local Drug Enforcement Unit called this Project Glaze, an investigation into a drug trafficking ring operating in Barrie and the GTA. The four and a half month-long investigation resulted in search warrants executed at four homes in Barrie as well as a house and storage locker in Innisfil in late November. Search warrants were also executed on four vehicles believed to be connected to the investigation.
As a result of this probe, police say 4.5 kilos of cocaine were seized, with an estimated street value of $270,000. Police say just over $500,000 in Canadian currency was seized as evidence. Fentanyl and some drug dealing implements like scales and money counters were also seized during the various raids. Three vehicles were also seized.
Seven people were initially arrested over the course of the search warrants, while police say four were released unconditionally. The other three, two men and a woman in their early 30’s and all residing in Barrie, face a combined 14 criminal charges.
“This investigation has made a significant impact on drug trafficking in the City and the cocaine and Canadian currency seizures are the largest in the history of the Barrie Police Service,” said BPS Inspector Richard Johnston. “Project Glaze clearly serves a message that criminal activity of this type has no place in our community.”