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Mississauga tow truck driver charged with drug trafficking

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The OPP Organized Crime Tow Industry Project led to the seizure of several varieties of opioids worth $25,000 in a tow operation.

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That investigation began in October following a drug smuggling incident in the Mississauga area, and last Thursday police executed a warrant at a Mississauga residence and the accused’s tow truck.

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Police seized 75 LSD tablets, 670 codeine tablets, 390 oxycodone tablets, 10 morphine tablets, 6 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of cannabis, 25 cannabis edibles as well as 9 grams of psilocybin and 360 tablets of psilocybin.

Additionally, over 500 tablets of other opioids were also seized.

Yousif Al-Awad, 24, of Mississauga, has been charged with 18 offences.

The OPP-led OCTIP, made up of members from the OPP, Peel Regional Police, Toronto Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, York Regional Police and Police Service of Barrie, began earlier this year.

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“There were all kinds of things going on and we had to work together. The tow project has begun to address acts of violence and fraud and focus additional resources to enhance public safety. There have been incidents of violence in the GTA over the past few years,” said OPP spokesman Bill Dickson.

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Police say unscrupulous towing companies have taken advantage of a lack of oversight to defraud consumers and insurance companies.