A small trucking company and a furniture warehouse are alleged to be at the center of an illegal drug distribution ring in Ontario, Canada. Unfortunately, when rates hit the sub-optimal levels they are at now, drivers tend to get roped into illicit activities in order to survive.
5 persons are under arrest, with one detained in the U.S., as part of “Operation: Zucaritas”
“Zucaritas” is the Spanish word for “sugary cereal,” akin to a frosted cereal flake. Hiding millions of dollars of drugs inside loads of cereal was the play that these drug runners were using before they were caught.
Peel Regional Police held a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 26, explaining the arrests of five individuals, one of which is held in the U.S. for conspiracy charges but due to be transferred. 182 kilograms of methamphetamine, 166 kilograms of cocaine and 38 kilograms of ketamine and about $70,000 in Canadian currency were seized as part of the largest drug bust in the department’s history.
The Peel Police Specialized Enforcement Bureau began investigating in November 2021 with help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Detroit and Chicago and the Border Enforcement Security Task Force in Buffalo.
Drivers need to be careful of cargo crossing the border due to drug smuggling
North King Logistics, a commercial trucking company, located in Milton and Friend Furniture, a furniture company, located in Mississauga are listed as the “distribution hubs” of this drug ring. North King Logistics is listed by SAFER as having 6 power units and 5 drivers, with a massive 66.7% Out of Service rate, far over the 21.78% national average.
The freight they had listed as carrying included general freight, fresh produce, meat, beverages, paper products, refrigerated food and agricultural/farm supplies.