Police seize grenade launchers, drugs and guns in multi-city Ontario bust

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Police said they seized 31 firearms when they carried out 11 search warrants across Ontario on March 9, 2021.  (Ontario Provincial Police - image credit)
Police said they seized 31 firearms when they carried out 11 search warrants across Ontario on March 9, 2021. (Ontario Provincial Police - image credit)

Ontario police say they have dismantled four separate drug and weapons cartels with ties to biker gangs operating in multiple cities across the southwest.

Ontario Provincial Police said Thursday the undercover operation dubbed "Project Weaver" has led to 10 arrests and 268 offences, as well as the seizure of two grenade launchers, dozens of grenades, firearms and an assortment of narcotics, including cocaine and illegal cannabis.

Police said the suspects were operating primarily in London and Brantford but search warrants carried out on March 9 also occurred in Lancaster, Oakland, Paris, St. Thomas and Barrie.

"As our investigators continued to collect evidence and intelligence, we were able to identify four distinct and unrelated criminal networks responsible for trafficking firearms, explosives, cocaine and cannabis," said Det. Sgt Scott Wade.

A total of 81 grenades and two grenade launchers were discovered during the raids that took place for Project Weaver.
A total of 81 grenades and two grenade launchers were discovered during the raids that took place for Project Weaver. (Ontario Provincial Police)

"The first network includes members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club in the London area responsible for trafficking cocaine and large quantities of illegal cannabis and a loaded firearm."

A second alleged criminal network trafficking firearms and cannabis was also operating in London, Wade said, noting Project Weaver began eight months ago.

The other two organizations, according to police, were based in Brantford. They are accused of moving firearms, cocaine and explosive devices between that city and Hamilton.

"These offensive weapons include grenades, a grenade launcher and explosive projectiles," Wade said.

OPP say one organization allegedly involved in weapons and drug trafficking is the Outlaw biker gang with ties to London, Ont.
OPP say one organization allegedly involved in weapons and drug trafficking is the Outlaw biker gang with ties to London, Ont. (Ontario Provincial Police)

Police point to the collaborative nature of the investigation, noting 22 municipal services were involved in the investigation that is still ongoing.

Police said they still don't know the origin of the 31 firearms seized, noting only that some are from Canada while others came from the United States. Investigators with the Canadian Armed Forces said they are confident they have identified the source of the explosives, which did not come from the Canadian Military.

Here's what police seized:

  • 31 firearms

  • 81 grenades

  • Two grenade launchers

  • 22 other prohibited devices

  • Three explosive projectiles

  • 10.85 kilograms of cocaine

  • 216 pounds of illegal cannabis

  • Five pounds of hash

  • More than $10,000 in other illegal cannabis products

  • 36 pounds of psilocybin

  • 715 grams of MDMA

  • One Outlaws MC vest

  • $127,757 in Canadian currency

  • $2,106 in US currency

  • Eight vehicles

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