Ottawa drug ring cracked, four arrested, $500,000 in drugs seized
By Yehonathan Tommer
OTTAWA –Four members of an organised drug trafficking ring were arrested this week and a total $500,000 in drugs were seized in a coordinated operation by the Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit and Ontario Provincial Police, codenamed Project Epsilon .
The first two arrests were made on January 21 when police stopped a vehicle on Highway 417 near Boundary Road and after a search was made seized a quantity of cocaine and marihuana.
Two additional members of the group were arrested later Friday and the following Saturday after police, issued with warrants, searched three separate city locations: two residences on Benjamin and Churchill Avenues and a business premise on York Street in the Market.
A substantial quantity of cocaine, cannabis marihuana, OxyContin, currency and motor vehicles were seized duriong the searches.
The arrests were the result of five months of close surveillance after police investigators identified and cracked the group in August 2010 as being involved in the organised distribution of large amounts of cocaine and cannabis marihuana throughout Ottawa.
The four people arrested include Larry Labelle, 34, and Meagan Malone, 25, both from Cornwall, Ontario; and Yianni Papadolias, 36 , and Merith White, 37, both of Ottawa.
They have all been charged on varying counts of possessing and trafficking in crack cocaine, cocaine, cannabis marihuana, and OxyContin.