Meth seized as a result of project Greymouth.

Major Drug Trafficking Bust (VIDEO)

A dozen Ontario residents are facing a total of 49 drug-related charges after the OPP busted three major drug trafficking rings in the province.

Police seized $1.2-million worth of cocaine, $280,000 worth of meth, four vehicles, one stun gun, and nearly $128,000 in cash as a result of a nine-month long investigation dubbed “Project Greymouth.”

Investigators say the group was utilizing Windsor, Sarnia and Manitoba land border crossings to smuggle drugs from Mexico into the province. The drugs were then distributed across Waterloo Region, the Greater Toronto Area, Oxford, Middlesex and Norfolk counties.

Many of those charged belong to mexican mennonite communities in Ontario. Police are still searching for Peter Knelsen of Norfolk County. He was not in the country when police conducted raids last week.

The following people have been charged:

  • Anna Friesen, 62, Norfolk County
  • John Knelsen, 64, Norfolk County
  • Franz Klassen, 35, Norfolk County
  • Abraham Klassen, 34, Norfolk County
  • Maria Kalssen, 33, Norfolk County
  • Anna Thiessen, 33, Norfolk County
  • John Thiessen, 33, Norfolk County
  • Nelson Vasquez, 33, Kitchener
  • David Soubanh, 33, Kitchener
  • Son Nguyen, 39, Toronto
  • Guillremo Harder, 43, Arthur

Project Greymouth by the numbers:

  • 12 kg of cocaine worth $1.2-million seized
  • 3.5 kg of meth worth $280,000 seized
  • $89,955 in Canadian currency seized
  • $38,000 in United States currency seized
  • Four vehicles seized
  • 13 search warrants executed
  • 12 people arrested
  • 49 charges laid
  • One person at-large