$2-Million Drug Bust in Windsor-Essex

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WINDSOR, Ont. — Six local men have been arrested and police have arrest warrants for five others after a seizure of ecstasy, cocaine and pot valued at $2 million.

Windsor police and the Ontario Provincial Police arrested the men after a series of raids on nine homes in Windsor and Tecumseh on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Police seized about 200,000 tablets of ecstasy, 1,000 grams of cocaine, nine kilograms of marijuana, $17,000 in Canadian and U.S. currency, four vehicles and one long gun.

“It’s considerable,” said Windsor police Insp. Randy Gould of the seizure.

“It’s certainly not the largest that’s been made, but we were satisfied with the amounts we were getting over the time of the project.

Hopefully it’s enough to put a dent in the trade for a little bit, between the drugs on the street and the dealers and keeping them out of the system for a while.”

Gould said the group was well organized and had a “fairly sophisticated” way of doing business, though he declined to give details about their operation.

Police investigated the drug ring over a period of about eight months and carried out search warrants in Windsor and Tecumseh on the following streets: Riverside Drive, Osborn Crescent, Cobblestone Crescent, Longfellow Avenue, Morris Drive, Bloomfield Road, North Service Road, Heatherglen Drive and Deslippe Drive.

The street value of the drugs represents nearly half the total value of illegal drugs seized by Windsor police last year. In 2010, police seized $4.1 million worth of drugs, more than double the previous year’s amount of $1.8 million in 2009.

Six men have been arrested and charged, including: Cameron Davy, 41; Saverio Deluca, 40; John Fabos, 38; An-Van Ngo, 21; Michael Minnis, 31, all of Windsor and Saroop Singh Pahal, 22, of Tecumseh.

Police have arrest warrants for: Harpinder Sian, 28; Srdjan Ljumovic, 25; Van Duc Cao, 48, all of Windsor, and Alexander Uros Zonjic, 18, and Gurfathe Kooner, 25, both of Tecumseh.

Kooner was charged with firearms offences in 2009 after he tossed a plastic bag containing two handguns and ammunition out the window of a vehicle he was driving while police were chasing him. He was arrested at gunpoint in what police described as a “high-risk” takedown.

Alexander Uros Zonjic is a distant relative of Windsor flutist Alexander Zonjic.

The 37 charges include drugrelated offences as well as breach of court order, possession of property obtained by crime and firearm offences.

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