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Members of the Hells Angels and their associates are among 28 suspects charged with nearly 300 criminal charges

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Members of the Hells Angels and their associates in Durham Region are among 28 suspects charged with nearly 300 criminal charges after a months-long investigation by Durham police and the RCMP into firearms and drug trafficking.

Project Kakia ensnared suspects in Ontario and Quebec and resulted in the seizure of 32 guns and an estimated $1.2 million in drugs including cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine and cannabis, police said. Members of Hells Angels chapters in Brooklin and Belleville, along with members of the Red Devils Motorcycle Club, were caught up in the sweep, police said.

Among those charged as part of the investigation was Bradley White, 34, of Oshawa, who was arrested in February of this year on charges of manslaughter and robbery in connection with the shooting death of 27-year-old Justin Blight in Oshawa in November of 2020.

The investigation was a six-month multi-jurisdictional effort that included Durham police, RCMP, police in Belleville, Peterborough and Toronto, as well as Canadian Border Services Agency and the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario. Police executed 55 search warrants in Durham, Belleville, Madoc, Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal.

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In all, 28 people were arrested on 291 charges including weapons and drug trafficking, criminal conspiracy and committing offences for a criminal organization.

In addition to more than 30 firearms police seized percussion grenades, overcapacity magazines for guns and “thousands” of rounds of ammunition, according to information released Friday, April 9.

Cops also seized sizable amounts of drugs including more than 5 kg of cocaine, 1.2 kg of methamphetamine and 54 grams of heroin.

Durham residents charged in relation to drug and weapons offences are Jeffrey Whyte, 49, Oshawa; Jessica White, 38, Oshawa; Stuart Buxton, 32, Oshawa; Robert Fitzpatrick, 43, Oshawa; John Mahon, 28, Oshawa; Bradley White, 34, Oshawa; Jeffrey Harrison, 39, Pickering; Anthony Psilopoulos, 35, Oshawa; and Andrew Bell-Scott, 38, of Scugog.

Michael Winn, 54, of Oshawa faces several charges including committing an offence for a criminal organization. Julia Carroll, 35, of Oshawa is charged with possession of proceeds of crime. Kyle Howarth, 27, of Oshawa is charged with failing to comply with a release order.

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Jason McGee, 42, of Oshawa and 58-year-old James Heickert of Oshawa are charged with conspiracy to commit a criminal offence and committing an offence for a criminal organization.

Dionne Miles, 46, of Ajax is charged with breach of trust by a public officer.

Facing drug possession charges are Lyndsey Sawn, 29, of Clarington and Russell Shawn Reesor, 46, of Oshawa.

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