50 arrested in raids across T Police arrested 50 people early Wednesday morning in a raid which targeted two rival gangs.
Acting Toronto Police chief Mark Saunders said two operations, known as Project RX and Project Battery, have been ongoing for nearly a year. Officers focused on the Sic Thugs and Asian Assassinz, he said. gangs are allegedly rival gangs and each have been involved in a series of shootings that have occurred in the city of Toronto, Saunders said. They seized 10 guns, cocaine, heroin and marijuana during the raids. Two cocaine presses were also seized. two rival gangs are incredibly ruthless, said Saunders. Those arrested face a variety of charges which include armed robbery, human trafficking and weapons and drug offences. Police would not name any of the accused gangsters or even disclose the courthouses where the alleged offenders will appear, citing security concerns. In addition to Toronto force, officers from Peel, York, Durham, Waterloo, Guelph, Windsor, London, Hamilton, Belleville, South Simcoe, Halton, Brantford, Niagara and the RCMP helped execute the warrants. have put a significant dent (in) the violence that has occurred in city, said Saunders. Saunders said the unique thing about the case is the level of sophistication of both gangs. Typically, gangsters centre their activities in a small geographic location but members of these gangs committed crimes across the GTA, he said. we starting to see these gangs have that violence. but they also have a much stronger level of sophistication, have a much stronger level of organization and that something to be concerned with at this point. gangs have been linked to high profile shootings in recent years at busy malls. Last April, an internal dispute is believed to have resulted in the murder of a member of the Asian Assassins at Yorkdale Mall. In June 2012, a three men with suspected links to the Sic Thugs were killed in a shooting at the Eaton Centre. Dozens of locations were raided across the GTA, including a new condo development on Western Battery Rd. in upscale Liberty Village. The neighbourhood was quiet hours after the raids with no sign of police presence. But on the 12th floor, an apartment door was smashed just above the deadbolt lock coach outlet stores myrtle beach and the doorway was covered in yellow caution tape. as he was on his way to the gym. saw a tactical team in this big SUV type vehicle that looked like it was a moving van, he said. were officers in the lobby and all over the coach outlet usa online store place. It pretty surprising this type of stuff is going on around here. said while the raid was shocking, the high profile gang shootings need police attention. one thing when these guys are shooting it out in dark alleys, he said. completely another when they duke it out in a crowded mall. coach outlet coupons printable coupons man who lives next door to the building said drugs and crime can be found anywhere in the city. not surprised, he said after learning of the raid. hear about it, even in this area. The street gang's traditional turf has been the Vanauley Walk area, near Spadina and Dundas Sts. The gang was most recently in the news when one of its members, 23 year old Michael Nguyen, was ambushed and killed "execution style" outside of Yorkdale Mall over Easter weekend last year. Nguyen and another 24 year old man who was wounded, were targeted by two gunmen in the parking lot of the shopping centre, Toronto Police said at the time. "They left the mall together and were walking to a parked car when the shooting began," Det. Rob North said at a press conference last year. Nguyen was initially shot and tried to run for his life, but a gunman chased him and finished the job, hitting him with as many as eight shots, North said. The other man, also an Asian Assassinz member, was shot as he fled but survived. Another member of the gang, Qoheleth Chong, 23, was murdered in November 2012. Nguyen and Chong were involved in a brutal home invasion in 2005 when they were young teens.
They drove from Toronto to Windsor with two other gang members, forced their way into a home they believed contained a stash of cash and held the occupants a man and his girlfriend at gunpoint. The woman, Brandi Liles, was stabbed during the home invasion, which ended with Windsor Police arresting the four Asian Assassinz. Nguyen and Chong were sentenced as adults to five years in prison in 2008, but after being credited for time served on a two for one basis, they coach outlet coupons harry were freed after two years and seven months.
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