Peel cops fight back against underworld drug activity

Nine guns.


Lots of heavy drugs and money, too.

Peel Regional Police have been busy busting alleged drug dealers and operators who are armed to the teeth and flush with cash.

And they have been finding far too many guns in routine traffic stops.

Or in quiet suburban homes.

It’s insane how much underworld drug activity is going on right in Mississauga and Brampton. It’s like they are armed for war out there.

Peel police, however, are all over it. They are doing their part to keep the carnage down.

But it’s not easy.

For example, one Brampton residence looked quiet, although it proved to be anything but a typical suburban home. Police had suspicions and began a probe.

“It was a complex investigation,” said an officer involved in the case. “Lots of work to do.”

We don’t often hear of stories when police get it right. But it’s nice when we are able to write about something that was prevented from happening, rather than something after it transpires.

Who knows what would have happened with all the firepower in this house?

But the potential was there for body bags. Thankfully, police prevented that.

Peel’s street crime gang unit “along with the assistance from tactical units and 21 Division officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the City of Brampton,” Sgt. Josh Colley told me. “As a result, a number of firearms which include three shotguns and three rifles, were seized along with a large quantity of illicit drugs.”

Jason Sampson, 36, was charged over the weekend with numerous firearm-related offences and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Right before that arrest, investigators “arrested three men for drug and firearm-related offences” in a similar probe that began last year and wrapped up last week.

Gurjeet Mann, 35, of Mississauga, and Jatinder Sandhar, 39, of Brampton were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking in heroin. Donovan Shah, 25, of Toronto, was charged with numerous drug and firearm offences.

And then there are the officers in 21 Division who stopped a car at Derry and Torbram Rds. on March 5. They found at loaded .40-calibre handgun. Damaine Sitladeen, 27, of Toronto, has been charged with numerous firearm offences.

And 12 Division officers conducting a traffic stop in Mississauga late last month arrested a man for being in possession of a loaded 9mm Glock pistol.

Ahmed Jama, 28, of Mississauga, was charged with bail breaches, possession of a controlled substance and numerous firearms charges.

So that’s nine guns in less than a month that are no longer on the street. It just goes to show you how much illegal crime activity is really going on out there.

In these cases, more than $100,000 worth of drugs and cash were seized which provides an idea of how lucrative the drug game is for people who are prepared to operate within it.

But Peel police stopped them.

This time. The war continues.

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