Local cops involved in province-wide ‘guns and gangs’ investigation

114 arrests, 800 criminal charges

Police in Barie, Orillia and Gravenhurst were in on a street gang bust that resulted in 114 arrests and 800 criminal charges.

The province-wide guns, gangs, drugs, and human trafficking probe began in Toronto last fall in response to numerous violent incidents (including murders, attempted murders, shootings, and drug and human trafficking) over the last three years.

“What started as a local investigation into a dangerous street gang known as the Eglinton West Crips turned into a complex, multi-jurisdictional project involving arrests in 15 different cities,” said Deputy Chief Myron Demkiw. “Thanks to the cooperation of these other police services, we have been successful in dismantling this criminal organization and taking guns and drugs off the streets of many communities.”

Thirty-one firearms with four over-capacity magazines, seven kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, and more than $300,000 in cash were seized as part of the investigation.