$7 million Collingwood home seized as part of organized crime investigation

Criminal charges include money laundering and bookmaking

Provincial police say a $7 million newly built home in the Collingwood-area was among the items seized during an organized crime investigation.

The probe began in December of 2019 when police shut down an illegal gaming enterprise allegedly run by members of a known criminal organization. Three members and one prospect member of the Hells Angels were among the 28 people facing over 200 charges at the time.

Those arrests led to search warrants across the province, including in Thornbury west of Collingwood. Investigators say over $24 million in assets connected to the criminal activity were seized, including the financial assets of three property development companies. This included several lots in the Collingwood area, one of which had a multi-million dollar home built on it recently.

Police say eight vehicles and a motorcycle were also seized in the investigation. Four more arrests were made with charges including money laundering, tax evasion, bookmaking, and more. A 37-year-old Collingwood man and a 58-year-old man from Thornbury were among those charged.