More than $500,000 in synthetic drugs seized

Seven people from a well-organized drug ring have been arrested and another is wanted after York Regional Police seized more than $500,000 worth of synthetic drugs, including methamphetamine and ketamine.

In February, police began investigating two Richmond Hill men believed to be trafficking synthetic drugs. As the investigation progressed, police found the trafficking ring was well organized and involved a number of additional suspects acting as runners.

A series of simultaneous arrests took place on Aug. 22 after undercover officers bought more than three kilograms of methamphetamine from one of the suspects at Markham. Subsequent search warrants were executed and two kilograms of ketamine and 10 ounces of cocaine were seized from a Brigadoon Crescent residence in Toronto.

Shiyuan Han, 21; Weiduo Kong, 19; Zehao Li, 23; Yanan Yang, 21; Ziwei Cheng, 25; Tennyson Loi, 23; and Zhipeng Wang, 23; all of Toronto, face numerous charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking, conspiracy to import, conspiracy to export, breach of recognizance, trafficking ketamine, trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit trafficking.

Bo Li, 24, of Richmond Hill, pictured here, is wanted for trafficking ketamine, trafficking methamphetamine and conspiracy to commit trafficking. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7817, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, leave an anonymous tip online at 1800222tips.com.

Methamphetamine is an illegal drug in the same class as cocaine and other powerful street drugs. Its nicknames include meth, crank, chalk or speed. Ketamine, categorized as a dissociative anesthetic, is used in powdered or liquid form as an anesthetic, usually on animals. It has been used as a date-rape drug.

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