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Police seize fentanyl, cocaine, guns in Durham Region bust

OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto say they've made a significant fentanyl seizure in a five-month drug probe. Durham regional police say they began the investigation after a serious increase in opioid-related deaths in the community.

OSHAWA, Ont. — Police east of Toronto say they've made a significant fentanyl seizure in a five-month drug probe.

Durham regional police say they began the investigation after a serious increase in opioid-related deaths in the community.

Police say they focused on finding fentanyl dealers in areas affected by the opioid crisis.

The investigation — dubbed Project Econoline — led to the arrests of 44 people who face nearly 300 charges collectively.

Police say they seized 5.8 kilograms of the deadly opioid fentanyl, 4.2 kilograms of cocaine, 205 grams of methamphetamine, 3,000 oxycodone pills, 30 kilograms of cannabis along with other drugs.

They say they also took eight handguns and $300,000 cash.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press