Drug trafficking in Mississauga area linked to towing operation, man facing multiple charges: OPP

The side of an OPP vehicle is seen in this file image. Ryan Rocca/Global News File

Police say they’ve made an arrest after an investigation into drug trafficking in the Mississauga area that is believed to have been connected to a towing operation.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said in a statement Tuesday that officers launched an investigation into the alleged drug trafficking last month.

The investigation involved the OPP-led Organized Crime Towing Industry Project which consists of members from the Peel, Toronto, Durham, York and Barrie police services.

A search warrant was executed at a home in Mississauga last Thursday, as well as the accused’s tow truck.

A “significant quantity of suspected controlled substances” was seized as a result, including around 75 LSD tablets, 670 codeine tablets, 390 oxycodone tablets, 10 morphine tablets, six grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of cannabis, nine grams of psilocybin and 360 psilocybin tablets.

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Police said more than 500 tablets suspected to be a variety of other opioids were also seized.

The overall street value was estimated to be $25,000.

Mississauga resident Yousif Al-Awad, 24, was arrested and charged with a number of drug-related offences.

He was held in custody and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date, police said.

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