Kingston Police: Project to combat cocaine trafficking nets large quantity of drugs and firearms

A cache of seized firearms, knives, and other weapons, as well as cocaine and Canadian currency were displayed at Kingston Police Headquarters following Operation Sparrow. Photo by Cris Vilela.

As the result of a project that began in January of this year, police have arrested three individuals and seized just under two kilograms of cocaine.

“Project SPARROW” commenced in January of 2019, and aimed to combat the trafficking of cocaine in the City of Kingston. The investigative team had learned that large quantities of cocaine were being distributed throughout the city, according to Kingston Police.

The investigation found that two persons were responsible, and police were able to identify those people. After the investigation continued for several weeks, Police executed six search warrants within the city on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. The warrants were executed with the assistance of Kingston Police’s Street Crime Unit and the Emergency Response Unit.

The following people were taken into custody as a result:

  • Kevin John Harpell, 25
  • Angus William O’Neil, 21
  • Carlos Gallardo-Rodriguez, 24

The warrants also resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of cocaine, Canadian currency, firearms, and prohibited weapons.

According to Kingston Police, the three people arrested were charged with over 45 criminal charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), and a number of firearms and prohibited weapons offences. Police also seized two motor vehicles as “offence related property.”

The project resulted in the seizure of just under two kilograms of cocaine, valued at $175,000, and the two motor vehicles seized were valued at $25,000.

All photos by Cris Vilela.

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