(Ottawa, ON – June 9, 2017) - A joint forces police operation involving the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) "O" Division Ottawa Detachment Financial Crime unit has resulted in one property being restrained, and a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette being seized. The property and the vehicle which belonged to Peter Pavlovich Jr., are valued at approximately $900,000.00. Peter Pavlolich Jr. was a subject of this investigation which resulted in charges being laid against him and eleven other individuals, and the dismantling of an Ottawa-based drug trafficking network in 2016. This media release is a follow up to a news release issued by Ottawa Police Service, December 14, 2016 at 4 pm titled "Project STEP results in 12 people charged with drug offences". These matters are presently before the courts. Reports provided by FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada) assisted in this proceeds of crime investigation.
The RCMP plays an active role in the fight against proceeds of crime by identifying, assessing, seizing, restraining and dealing with the forfeiture of illicit wealth accumulated through criminal activities. Criminal network groups such as this one, seek to profit from their illegal activities. Illicit profits undermine the social and economic well-being of Canadians and increase the power and influence of organized criminals and their illegal enterprises.