Peel Regional Police seized one of their largest aresenals of illegal guns, $1.2 million in cash and kilograms of hard drugs.
A 35-year-old Brampton man faces 60 charges, including possession of 26 firearms — most of which were loaded — and 1,500 rounds of ammunition.
In addition to the weapons and cash, police seized 3.5 kilograms of cocaine, 2 kilograms of methamphetamine and large quantities of heroin, fentanyl and magic mushrooms.
Project Baron, which began in January, took a deadly threat out of the community, according to officers.
“The impact is astronomical. There are 26 firearms not going into the community,” said acting detective-sergeant Chad Lines.
Police confiscated 16 handguns, four shotguns, six rifles and high capacity magazines.
“Based on the number of firearms and drugs, there was more (than one person) involved,” added Lines.
The contraband was located in residences in Brampton and Toronto and hidden in booby-trapped vehicles and furniture.
“(In a vehicle) when stopped by police, the individual would have easy access to a firearm,” Lines said.
This “tenacious” police work has made a dent in the drug and gun trade, said Chief Chris McCord.
“Illegal firearms are a deadly threat to the safety of the community. Our investigators have been working tirelessly to take guns and drugs off our streets to ensure our community remains safe,” McCord said.
Salem Talke has been charged with 12 drug offences, 48 firearm offences and two counts of property obtained by crime.
He will appear in Brampton court at a later date.