Drugs and Guns Taken Off The Streets

Posted On Tuesday March 26, 2019
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Region of Peel– The hard work of dozens of police officers has resulted in one of the largest firearm seizures in Peel Regional Police history.

In January, 2019, investigators from the Vice, Narcotics and Street Level Organized Crime Bureau began a drug investigation called “Project Baron” after receiving information of trafficking of narcotics within the Region of Peel and surrounding areas.  

On Thursday, March 21, 2019, Salem Talke, a 35 year old man from Brampton, was arrested for drug possession and trafficking related offences. Subsequent to his arrest investigators executed six search warrants at locations and on vehicles within the Region of Peel and Toronto that were associated to Salem Talke. 

“This arrest is an example of the tenacious work of Peel Regional Police officers. Our investigators have been working tirelessly to take guns and drugs off our streets and to ensure our community remains a safe place to live, work and play” said Chief Chris McCord.

As a result of the investigation, the following property was seized:

  • 26 firearms (16 Handguns, 4 Shotguns, 6 Rifles)
  • High capacity magazines (2 - banana clips, 1 -.40 calibre high capacity handgun drum magazine)
  • 1,500 rounds of ammunition
  • A large quantity of Canadian currency
  • 3.5 kilograms of cocaine
  • 2 kilograms of methamphetamine
  • 1 kilogram of heroin
  • 1 kilogram of fentanyl
  • 311 grams of psilocybin (mushrooms)
  • 1 bullet-proof vest

The total street value of drugs seized is approximately $1.2 million.

Salem Talke has been charged with the following offences:

  • 12 counts of Drug Trafficking and Drug Possession offences
  • 48 counts of Firearm related offences
  • 2 counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime

Salem Talke will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in the City of Brampton on a later date.  

To view photos please visit our website.

This YouTube video demonstrates the magnitude of violence and injury that these weapons can cause.

We would like to thank Canada Border Services and the Crown Attorney’s Office for their assistance.

Anyone who may have information pertaining to this matter are asked to call the Vice, Narcotics and Street Level Organized Crime Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3515. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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