Two Barrie residents charged in organized crime bust

28 people arrested and 291 charges laid

A six-month investigation dubbed Project KAKIA by Durham Regional Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has resulted in 28 people arrested and 291 charges laid.

Two of the suspects are from Barrie. One is charged with trafficking offences and the other faces two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

The investigation focused on organized crime in Durham Region.

Picture provided: Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The RCMP, Durham Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Canada Border Services and various other police services executed 55 search warrants in the Greater Toronto Area, eastern Ontario and Montreal. Police seized about $1.2 million in drugs and 32 firearms along with other related evidence.

Police said the criminal network involved a number of members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club from the Brooklin and Belleville charters, as well as the Red Devils Motorcycle Clubs.

The investigation also resulted in the arrest of a suspect in connection to a murder in Oshawa in November 2020.