New Tecumseth male charged in cross border cocaine bust
Posted April 3,
The OPP announced this morning results of a 15 month intercontinental
investigation tagged Project Tattler which culminated with three
arrests and seizure of approximately 55 kilograms of near-pure cocaine.
Details of Project Tattler were provided by OPP Deputy Commissioner
Rick Barnum at a news conference this morning in Barrie where he noted
the investigation included the OPP-led
Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) and specialty support units,
the Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit, Canada Border Services Agency
(CBSA), Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), and the United States - Department
of Homeland Security Investigations (DHSI).
It began in December 2017 as an Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau
(OCEB) project based on "a mounting and inherent drug trend being
"The investigation team gathered evidence of individuals from central
Ontario smuggling cocaine from the United States (California) into
Canada and then distributing it throughout central and western Ontario
and in the Greater Toronto Area," according to police.
"The drug distribution network had an international nexus to the United
States, with proceeds being dispersed throughout the complex
organization in Ontario, as well as money linked flowing back to
Mexico. During the investigation, police seized 55 kilogram 'bricks' of
cocaine (wholesale value $2.45-million; estimated potential minimum
street value once cut of $5.5-million) and $800,000 in Canadian
A pick-up truck, a tractor trailer, and three off-road vehicles,
including two 'high-end' side-by-sides and a snowmobile - all worth a
combined $260,000 were seized as proceeds of crime and offence-related
Abrahan Brito, 32, of New Tecumseth is charged with Importation of a
Sched I Substance into Canada; Trafficking in a Sched I Substance;
Possession of Property or any Proceeds Obtained by Crime; and Any
Conspiracy, or Attempt to Commit an indictable
Michael Nagtzaam, 35, of Springwater Township, is charged with
Importation of Schedule I Substance into Canada; Trafficking in a
Schedule I Substance; Possession of Property or any Proceeds Obtained
by Crime; Laundering Proceeds of Crime; Any Conspiracy, or Attempt to
Commit an indictable offence; and Possession for the Purpose of
Slobodan Poznic, 44, of Kitchener-Waterloo, is charged with Possession
of a Schedule I Substance, Cocaine, for the purpose of trafficking;
Importation of a Schedule I Substance, Cocaine; Possession of Property
obtained by crime; and Any Conspiracy, or Attempt to Commit an
Poznic appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor at an
earlier date. Brito and Nagtzaam are expected to appear at the Ontario
Court of Justice in Kitchener on April 12, 2019.
The investigation continues.
Pictured above and below the speaker box concealing the cocaine inside
the tractor trailer.