|After countless hours of surveillance, Gillis and his team knew a lot about the man. He was smart, never operated vehicles in his own name, was a top-ranking member in the group’s hierarchy, and he loved watches, including his pride and joy, a $48,000 timepiece.|
The trail that eventually led to the identity of the ghost—37-year-old Clinton Yow Foo — started off with a gram of cocaine. An undercover agent bought the drugs on the streets of Whitby and soon increased his order to an ounce at a time. “By following the drugs and the money and through surveillance, we were able to go up the food chain and identify the actual suppliers of the cocaine,” said Gillis. The investigation was called “Project Isis.” For three months in 2009, Durham Regional Police drug and gang enforcement units watched as a crew of a dozen dealers spread marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and methamphetamine throughout Durham Region and into Toronto and York.
|While executing a search warrant, police stumbled upon a stash house packed with drugs. Gillis said there was so much illegal material they couldn’t afford to leave it there and had to seize it, thus ending the project.|
In the end, they captured almost $3 million worth of drugs, cash, guns and property, and started arresting everyone they knew was connected with the crew.Yow Foo was arrested and eventually he was convicted on drug and gun charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Gillis thought he had finally caught the ghost, but in 2013 Yow Foo successfully appealed his conviction on the basis that he had no knowledge or control of the closet and its contents. He was then acquitted of all charges and set free.