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article imageToronto Police's Project Marvel nets 60 arrests across Canada

By KJ Mullins     Dec 13, 2011 in Crime
Toronto - During the early morning hours today 900 police officers across Canada readied to serve a total of 67 search warrants, mostly in the Greater Toronto Area.
Those warrants came from an investigation dubbed Project Marvel that uncovered criminal activity from two area gangs.
"Today we had a successful case", Chief William Blair, Toronto Police, told a packed media conference at 31 Division in Toronto this afternoon.
Violence between two gangs in one neighbourhood in Toronto started the investigation now known as Project Marvel. Early this morning 900 officers, served a total of 67 search warrants in Toronto; London; Hamilton; Durham Region; York Region; Peel Region; Windsor; Ottawa; Calgary, Alberta; and Surrey, British Columbia. The gangs involved were identified as the Young Buck Killers and the G-Siders.
The result of the national investigation were a total of 60 arrests, 10 of which were youth under the age of 18.
"Today we had a successful case", Chief William Blair, Toronto Police, told a packed media conference at 31 Division in Toronto this afternoon. He added that the arrests are a result of police dept working together to stop organized crime.
What was surprising to the investigators as they worked the case was the level of mobility among street gangs that had not been seen in the past in Toronto with activity being seen right across Canada. They found a virtual pipeline of guns and drugs between Toronto and Fort Murray.
Some of the murders in Toronto this past year could be part of this investigation which started as a result of an incident in May of a street robbing and shooting.
Those who Blair says are quite dangerous are now in custody. Uniformed officers are now in those neighbourhoods to secure those areas to provide a sense of security. "I really hope those neighbourhoods will be safer neighbourhoods than they have been in the past few years."
There is still more to be done said another detective to ensure the safety because of the gang related activity.
Members of the gangs in Toronto moved across the nation Blair said pursuing their criminal activity.
The gangs were not in all cases rival gangs according to Blair, indicting that at times they were working together. There is some activity from within the United States that has yet to be addressed.
As more information about Project Marvel comes to light it will be given to the media Chief Blair promised.
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