2 pharmacists charged for opioid trafficking

Two pharmacists are among six people accused of trafficking opioids after York Regional Police (YRP) seized more than $500,000 worth of drugs.

Police also seized one firearm and more than $220,000 in cash following an investigation into a group of suspects believed to be trafficking opiate pills that began late last year.

After making several arrests in Toronto in December, police continued their investigation, which led them to two pharmacists: John Gerges, 35, and Sandra Youssef, 30, both of Toronto. Gerges faces three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and one count of possession of a forged document. Youssef was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a forged document.

Walter Jovel, 27, of Toronto was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. Sahir Shemun, 39, of Vaughan faces two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Blarsn Zaro, 31, of Vaughan was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking and failure to comply with conditions of recognizance. Firas Georges, 36, of Vaughan was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking as well as numerous firearms offences.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the YRP Intelligence Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7835. Or, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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