Arrest for murder a ‘bonus’ in drug investigation, police say

Recovered items estimated to be worth $1.1 million

The Drug Squad Major Projects section of Toronto Police Services launched an investigation on Wednesday, dubbed Project Springfield, which resulted in the arrest of nine people believed to be involved in drug trafficking.

One of the individuals arrested was Conrad Grizzle, 22, who was wanted by the Toronto Police Homicide Unit on a Canada-wide warrant for second-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Inspector Howie Page said Grizzle was involved in a shooting near Danforth and Coxwell in May 2014 that left one man dead.

“Conrad Grizzle was never part of the original individuals that we had identified as part of the investigation,” said Page. “Throughout the initial arrest, [Grizzle] provided different aliases.”

The two-month investigation resulted in 10 search warrants executed across the GTA and Southern Ontario, and the arrest of nine individuals.

Large quantities of illicit drugs were recovered from the scene including three kilograms of powder cocaine, 90 pounds of marijuana, one kilogram each of hashish and MDMA — better known as Molly or ecstasy — and oxycodone. Toronto police also found a firearm and ammunition.

Page said the combined street value of the items was an estimated $1.1 million.

Three other individuals are also wanted for their involvement.