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  Project Fusion Targets Gangs

Apr 01, 2009 18:04 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service was an active member of Project Fusion, a combined forces initiative that resulted in 125 arrests and the seizure of 34 handguns and millions of dollars worth of drugs.

The DRPS Gang and Drug Enforcement Units participated in early morning raids April 1 on seven addresses in Durham Region, supported by the Tactical Unit, K-9 and Air1. Toronto Police executed warrants on seven other locations in Durham simultaneously. These raids were part of a extensive police operation involving over 1,000 police officers across the GTA, 100 homes and 61 vehicles. Tactical Units were called in from across Ontario to ensure the arrests were executed safely.

In Durham Region all 14 warrants were in Ajax or Pickering, with the exception of one in Whitby. A total of 13 people in Durham Region were arrested and police seized 12,700 grams of marihuana, two guns, a quantity of cocaine, 30,000 Ecstasy pills, $16,000 in cash and four vehicles.

Also participating in the massive project were the OPP's Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and the Canada Border Services Agency. Led by the Toronto Police Service's Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force, the project concentrated on two street gangs based in Scarborough, with ties to other parts of the GTA, including Pickering and Ajax.

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Supt. Douglass Speaks to Media (JPG file, 152.4K bytes)
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