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Project Skyfall sees 17 arrests during organized crime drug investigation

February 7, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Feb. 3, 2022, Hamilton, Ont. – Hamilton Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) joined forces with other services across the greater Hamilton area in a two-year long investigation targeting drug trafficking and firearm-related crime in the Golden Horseshoe, resulting in numerous arrests and seizures of firearms, drugs and property.

In September 2019, the Hamilton Police Service and the RCMP formed Project Skyfall in order to address drug trafficking and firearm-related crime in the Golden Horseshoe. With the assistance of Halton Regional Police Service, the fully-integrated team was mandated to uncover, investigate, and disrupt serious and organized crime elements in the community.

Over the two-year investigation, there were approximately 150 warrants and other court orders filed. In total, police seized 29 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of methamphetamine, 400 grams of fentanyl, and 440 pounds of illegal cannabis, which represented a combined street value of $5,518,000. Investigators also seized 13 handguns, one long gun, other prohibited firearm components and weapons, as well as $765,602 in Canadian currency.

“We know drugs have a significant impact on Hamilton’s streets and are associated with an increase in violence and the rise in opioid deaths. Project Skyfall targeted a highly sophisticated drug trafficking syndicate involving organized crime groups in Hamilton. By working collaboratively with our neighbouring law enforcement partners, we were able to take a significant amount of drugs and firearms off our streets,” says Hamilton Police Service Inspector Mark Stiller.

“The RCMP recognizes the importance of partnerships to address serious and organized crime in our community,” said Superintendent Jeff Cooper, Officer in Charge of District Command. “This investigation, conducted jointly with the Hamilton Police Service and the Halton Regional Police Service, serves as a great example of how a coordinated enforcement effort can contribute to safer communities and disrupt illegal activity, keeping illicit drugs and weapons off the streets.”

Project Skyfall was supported through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario.

“Organized crime groups exploit profit opportunities wherever they arise. They do not care what city or town their criminal activities take them to. Those involved in these groups are only concerned about making money,” said Halton Regional Police Service Inspector Dave Costantini. “They do not care about the safety, security or well-being of any member of any community. Project Skyfall demonstrates the success that can be achieved when police services collaborate to tenaciously disrupt and dismantle these criminal organizations.”

Concluding in January 2022, 17 individuals were charged through Project Skyfall and 145 criminal charges were laid.

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