Largest Ever Mafia Bust In Ontario History

Barrie Police Officers Involved in Organized Crime Raids

It’s being called one of the biggest organized crime busts in Ontario history: Project Sindacato.

That’s the code name for a 1.5 year long investigation into organized crime in and around York Region. The project resulted in 48 search warrants, 9 arrests, and over $35 million in seized property.

The Barrie Police Service was among the eight services lending a hand in the execution of these warrants on July 12th, in an investigation focusing on money laundering, loan sharking and illegal gaming.

“These arrests signify the fall of power for the most significant ‘Ndrangheta crime family operating in York Region,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Over the past 18 months, we have invested heavily, using our finest and most highly-trained investigators to bring an end to this family’s international illegal gaming and money-laundering activities. We know that violence has occurred as a result of their activities and that our community is a safer place following these arrests and charges.”