We announced a major breakthrough in keeping Brampton safe earlier today. One man has been arrested in connection with one of the largest gun seizures in Peel Regional Police history. We promised we were going to target organized crime and escalating gun violence. We have made real progress.
At a press conference we hosted this morning at Peel Police HQ, Peel police Acting/Det. Sgt. Chad Lines said that an ongoing investigation entitled Project Baron has led to the seizure of 26 guns and $1.2 million in illegal drugs.
Police say 35-year-old Brampton man Salem Talke is facing over 60 firearm and drug-related charges.
This seizure represents a massive breakthrough in terms of public safety, arguing that taking one firearm—let alone 26—off the streets makes the region safer.
Over the course of investigation, search warrants were issued (and searches subsequently conducted) for a home in the Sandalwood Parkway and Hurontario St. area in Brampton, two vehicles, a storage locker in Rexdale and a residence in the Liberty Village area in Toronto.
All of the properties are associated with the accused.
Police said officers discovered custom-made hiding spots for firearms in furniture and in the two vehicles.
Police say these sophisticated hiding spots put officers at additional risk, as the weapons were easily accessible to vehicle occupants during traffic stops.
Police said the hiding spots were created using hydraulics and magnets.
Police said the majority of the firearms that were seized were loaded. Officers said they also seized high-capacity magazines and 1,500 rounds of ammunition. Police also reported seizing 3 1/2 kg of cocaine, 2 kg of meth, 1 kg of heroin, 1 kg of fentanyl and 300 grams of mushrooms.
A bullet proof vest and currency were also seized.
I want to congratulate Peel Regional Police and Chief McCord on this significant arrest. I know residents were nervous following an unusually violent summer in the GTA last year. This is a huge breakthrough. Everyone has the right to feel safe, this is a major step forward for public safety.
This is also why we decided to add 55 new officers to the Peel Police Budget this year at Regional Council. We know that if you give the police the tools to do their job they will do great work fighting crime.