Cocaine trafficking investigation finds $700,000 in drugs; Whitby man among three charged


Published July 11, 2023 at 2:24 pm

The drugs seized over a six-week investigation in Whitby, Toronto and Paris.

A Durham Regional Police investigation into cocaine trafficking has resulted in the discovery of roughly $700,000 in drugs and charges for three men.

Durham and Brantford police launched the investigation back in May and continued over the next six weeks. During that time, officers raided homes in Whitby, Toronto and Paris, Ontario (just west of Brantford).

During these raids, investigators say they found 14 kilograms of cocaine, 4.5 kilograms of MDMA (known more commonly as ecstasy), one kilogram of methamphetamine, nearly 500 grams of fentanyl, and more than 1,700 prescription pills. Police estimate the street value of these drugs is in excess of $700,000.

Three men were also arrested on a variety of drug trafficking charges including;

  • Michael Sayles, 27 of Paris,
  • John Mak, 31 of Toronto, and
  • Kwabena Sarpong-Donkor, 35 of Whitby

All three men will remain in custody until a bail hearing.

Anyone with information pertinent to the investigation can call Durham Regional Police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5801, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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