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RCMP execute Project O COSMOS

October 5, 2023  By Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Oct. 5, 2023, Waterloo, Ont. – Marijuana plants, 1,365 in total, caught the attention of police. Further digging lead to the discovery of various other drugs including cocaine, methamphetamine, MDMA, psilocybin mushrooms, hashish and several types of guns. In the end numerous arrests were made.

The Kitchener RCMP began Project O COSMOS and after extensive investigation executed three warrants, between Aug. 2 and Aug. 11, with the assistance of the Shelburne County OPP and the Waterloo Regional Police. The warrants were executed at locations within Melanchthon Township, the City of Kitchener and Wilmot Township.

Six individuals were arrested between the three locations. A total of 1,365 marijuana plants were growing at the property in Melanchthon Township. There were also 88 large bags of dried marijuana seized at the same location.

The other three properties also had numerous drug and guns seized including:

  • Over 200 kgs of dried marijuana,
  • More than 60 kgs of psilocybin,
  • 25 kgs of hashish,
  • 72 kgs of cannabis edibles
  • 4 grams of cocaine
  • 914 grams of methamphetamine,
  • 936 grams of MDMA
  • one Glock 9mm hand gun with 2 loaded magazines,
  • a .22 calibre rifle
  • 2 replica firearms.

Charges have been laid against the following people:

Em Kha Khuong (37) Thanh Hien Hong (40) and Tuong Nguyen (39) have been charge with:

  • Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking contrary to Section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act X 3
  • Possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of trafficking SEC 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm contrary to Sec 88 of the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition contrary to Sec 88 of the Criminal Code

Khuong, Hong and Nguyen are currently held in custody.

The Kitchener RCMP would like to thank the Waterloo Regional Police Service and the Shelbourne OPP for their assistance in this investigation.

“The RCMP with the assistance of Waterloo Regional Police Service and the O.P.P. again helps put a stop to the illegal activities occurring in numerous communities. We are pleased to be able to keep our communities safe by seizing both drugs and guns from another organized crime group. These results speak to the continuous efforts and commitments the RCMP and our partners bring to public safety,” said Insp. Lucio De Simone, OIC Kitchener Detachment.

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