Major drug seizure nets $4.5M of cocaine, Ottawa police say

Ottawa’s police chief says the recent seizure of 44 kilograms of cocaine, including crack cocaine, is one of the largest drug seizures in the force’s history.

Two men in their 30s, one from Toronto and one from Ottawa, were arrested Tuesday and face multiple charges, Chief Eric Stubbs said in a news release issued Wednesday.

The 10-month investigation began in February and was conducted with the help of Toronto police, RCMP and border agents. It netted 40 kilograms of cocaine, four kilograms of crack cocaine and $100,000 cash, Stubbs said.

“This is a significant seizure that disrupts a criminal network and supply chain that feeds addiction, violence and the criminal activity we often see associated with the drug trade,” he said, estimating the street value of the seized drugs at around $4.5 million.

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