‘Fraudulent non-disclosure’: Massive Toronto police drug case collapsed amid allegations officers misled court

Toronto Star

Project Brisa — billed Toronto police’s largest international drug takedown — fell apart as the defence alleged officers misled a judge to obtain a key wiretap warrant.

Drugs and vehicles seized as part of Project Brisa were presented with fanfare at an outdoor news conference.

Toronto police’s largest international drug takedown collapsed amid allegations investigators misled a judge about a key player in an attempt to obtain a wiretap warrant, a “flagrant and unacceptable” move the lead defence lawyer alleged amounted to “fraudulent non-disclosure.”

Project Brisa — a vast, cross-border probe that netted $61 million in cocaine, methamphetamine and other contraband — fell apart suddenly in a downtown Toronto courtroom earlier this month after Crown prosecutors stayed scores of charges against all remaining accused. None of the 182 charges against 20 people that were announced at a major press conference in 2021 led to a conviction, the Star has confirmed.