Toronto Police busted two drug trafficking suspects in the fentanyl-infested Tent City.
Anthony Spicuglia, 22, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking.
Police recovered two different types of fentanyl weighing 11.75 grams, or just less than half an ounce. Spicuglia has two prior criminal convictions for fail to comply.
Jesse Brooks, 30, who has a record for trafficking and fail to comply, was similarly charged. He was on bail for an earlier trafficking charge last month.
One suspect was carrying multiple cell phones, weight scales and empty plastic packages, which are all tools of the drug trade, sources told the Sun.
Both men appeared briefly in court on Tuesday and were remanded in custody until Wednesday.
The downtown area has recorded nine overdose calls since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down Toronto in mid-March. It’s unknown how many overdose calls proved fatal.
Four of the overdose calls were made in the Sanctuary drop-in centre area.
Since the pandemic struck, 30 tents were erected in Tent City in George Hislop Park.
Homeless people, addicts and dealers have infiltrated that park and the Sanctuary Toronto area on 25 St. Charles St. E. The park straddles Charles St. E. and Isabella St., south of Bloor St. E.
“The place is inundated with drug users and sellers and suffers from all of the problems that flow from their toxic presence,” a source told the Sun.
Residents have complained about drug trafficking, garbage dumping, random violence, theft, graffiti and escalating security costs, the source said.
Toronto Public Health reported a high number of suspected overdose calls in April 2020, including the highest number of suspected overdose-related deaths in a month since September 2017.
There were 343 suspected overdose calls to paramedics,including 25 deaths. Since May 1st, there have been four deaths attended by paramedics, including three deaths on May 4, the public health website indicated.