ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Canadian authorities are seeking a Niagara Falls, N.Y., man who they say was part of a cocaine network that brought millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Canada.
The ring has been broken up by a joint law enforcement task force, four men and a woman have been arrested, and arrest warrants have been issued for two other men, the Niagara Regional Police Service reported today.
Rabih “Robby” Al Khalil, 25, of Niagara Falls, N.Y., is among the two being sought. The other is Martino Caputo, 39, of Toronto, police said.
The joint probe, known as “Project INK Part 2,” began in March 2011 and focused on alleged drug trafficking in the Niagara and York regions of Ontario, with indications of suspects involved in international drug smuggling reaching as far south as California and Mexico.
About 110 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of about $30 million, were seized Feb. 10 at a Davison Street address in St. Catharines. Frank and Angelo Alessio were arrested in that case, which is related to the drug ring, and also face prosecution, police said.
Charged with conspiracy to import and traffic drugs and criminal organization were Ontario residents Nicola Nero, 35, of Kingston; Alfonso Inclima, 39, of Woodbridge; Nebojsa “Nosho” Dronjak, 39, of Niagara Falls; Mohamed Reza and Tawnya Fletcher, 27, of Niagara-on-the-Lake, as well as Amin Torabi, 49, of Vancouver.
The joint task involves agents of the Niagara Regional Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Toronto Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Border Enforcement Security Task Force , the Vancouver Police Department Organized Crime Section, Correctional Service of Canada, Surete du Quebec and Montreal Police.