An alleged high-level drug dealer and an arsenal of weapons have been taken off the streets.

Toronto Police Insp. Joe Matthews, of the Integrated Gun and Gangs Task Force, said Hewan Wilson, 51, of Mississauga, was arrested on Feb. 24 in his 2018 Toyota Highlander.

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After two search warrants were issued — one on his vehicle and another at a Mississauga residence — officers seized drugs and weapons, according to police.

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During a press conference at police headquarters on College St.,  police displayed four kilos of heroin, seven handguns, three shotguns, five SKS assault rifles — four with bayonets — that were allegedly seized by officers.

A small amount of cocaine, proceeds of crime and two over-capacity magazines were also seized — but not put on display, said police.

“It’s quite obvious that with the amount of heroin seized, this is not a street level dealer,” alleged Matthews.

Police were not sure where the weapons came from since a lot of them had the serial numbers filed off.

Asked what weapons were of the greatest concern, Det.-Sgt. Andrew Steinwall highlighted the handguns.

“The smaller guns are easily concealed. And that’s what we are finding now on the streets during Project Patton,” said Steinwall. “The multitude of those small firearms put into hands of dangerous offenders — violent offenders in the city — is very concerning, as well.”

Wilson, who faces more than 100 weapons and drug charges, is scheduled to appear at the Old City Hall courthouse on Thursday.


Alleged dealer faces 100 weapons and drug charges



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