The 'largest-value' cocaine bust in Toronto history
A 32-year-old man is facing charges in connection with what police are calling the “largest-value” cocaine bust in the history of the Toronto Police Service.
On Wednesday, officers seized 73 kilograms of powdered cocaine, 12 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and eight kilograms of MDMA following the execution of search warrants on a residence in the McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road area and on a vehicle that was stopped near Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue.
The drugs that were seized had a street value of $8.98 million, according to police.
Watts said that the investigation into the suspect began six weeks ago and culminated with the raids on Wednesday.
Toronto Police note that there have been larger drug seizures involving the Canadian Border Service Agency, he said this investigation is unique because it was entirely Toronto-based.
“The key is that this was a Toronto-based investigation, a Toronto-based individual and this was product that was seized in the City of Toronto,” he said. “This (the drugs) wasn’t just passing through and destined for the east coast or the west coast, so we are talking about a substantive, substantive impact.”
Watts said that about 56 kilograms of the powdered cocaine was located inside the suspect’s residence while another 17 kilograms were found in his vehicle.
Those drugs, Watts said, were concealed in a custom built “trap” that was hidden behind the passenger seat, traps such as the one found in the truck cost upwards of $5,000 to install and are usually only accessible by pressing a series of buttons on the dash.
Nicholas Shouldice, of Toronto, has been charged with two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of MDMA for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of crystal methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.
Police have said that Shouldice does not have a criminal record.
He was released on $100,000 bail Thursday afternoon into the custody of his parents and sister. The conditions of his bail include that he must be under house arrest when he is not with his parents or sister, that he must not possess any weapons, that he not have more than one cellphone, and that he may not possess any drugs other than those prescribed to him.
He is expected to appear in court on Nov. 17. With files from cp24