Waterloo man nabbed in RCMP organized crime bust

Nine people, including one man from Waterloo, face a combined 75 charges including trafficking fentanyl and carfentanil as part of an RCMP investigation into organized crime.

Nine people face 75 charges including trafficking fentanyl and carfentanil

RCMP say nine people face a combined 75 charges as part of an organized crime investigation. (CBC)

A Waterloo man has been arrested as part of a massive organized crime investigation, RCMP say.

On Thursday, the force announced nine people have been arrested. Combined they face 75 charges including trafficking fentanyl and carfentanil, heroin, cocaine, meth, weapons, contraband tobacco and bookmaking.

The investigation included the Greater Toronto Area Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which infiltrated an organized crime group "at its highest level," the RCMP said in a release.

"Those who traffic in illicit drugs and participate in other organized crime activities destroy lives and impact the safety and security of our communities," Chief Supt. Michael LeSage of the RCMP's Ontario division said in a release.

"We will continue to work to eradicate those dangers."

Parallel investigation in NYC

The other arrests included men from Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, Vaughan and Markham.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York City has been conducting a parallel but separate investigation into the Bonanno and Gambino families, the RCMP said, arresting and charging several family members with cocaine trafficking, loan sharking, extortion and money laundering.

RCMP thanked the FBI for their assistance in the investigation north of the border.