Five people are facing more than 100 combined drug and weapons charges following an eight-month investigation into a local firearm trafficking and wholesale fentanyl distribution network, Ottawa police say.
Project Amethyst concluded Wednesday with officers seizing nine guns, 2.5 kilograms of fentanyl and quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine and opiate pills. Four Ottawa men in their 20s were arrested along with one woman from L’Ancienne Lorette, Que.
The five people face more than 100 total charges for firearms possession, firearms trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, trafficking controlled substances, possession of proceeds of crime, breach of release conditions, flight from police and dangerous driving.
Police seized 2,553 grams of fentanyl, 680 grams of cocaine, 1,792 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 2,262 opiate-based narcotic pills, a luxury vehicle and approximately $150,000 in cash.
The Ottawa Police Service said in a news release that it had responded to 132 calls for service related to shootings in the past two years and there had been 14 gun-related homicides in Ottawa during that span.
They have also responded to 1,231 overdose calls and 94 illicit drug-related deaths during that same period, police said.
The fentanyl seized during Project Amethyst, police said, could produce up to 1.25 million potentially lethal street level doses.
Police have charged Ottawa men Azizul-Haq Haq Ahmadzai, 20, Asarul-Haq Ahmadzai, 26, Logan Campbell, 21, Yousif Alzayadi, 23, and also Johanie Rochon, 22, of L’Ancienne Lorette.