Toronto police announce arrests of 96 people in drug-trafficking investigation

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Two officers of the Toronto Police Service
Image: Joshua Sherurcij.

The Toronto Police service have announced the results of a five-week undercover operation against Canadian drug traffickers that ended Monday in the city's Bloorcourt, Bloordale, Parkdale and Alexandra Park regions.

In total, 96 people were arrested, most of whom lived outside the neighbourhoods affected. Nearly half were free on probation or bail at the time of their arrests, and two men were charged with assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest.

Despite the large number of arrests, police seized only $31,800 worth of cocaine, $800 worth of marijuana and small amounts of other controlled substances, as well as $10,798 in cash.

Founded in 2006, the city's Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy teams will be patrolling the neighbourhoods as part of a "follow-up maintenance program" promised by the police force.

Detective Sergeant Ed Roseto, who appealed for help from local residents in the four troubled neighbourhoods, promised that "...we can and will improve the quality of life in these communities," .

More than a quarter of those arrested were from the homeless or transient populations of the city.