Toronto Police listened to community complaints about street level drug dealing in the community of 14 Division. After a three-week investigation 22 suspects were arrested.
For three weeks, police from 14 Division along with undercover police from across the city took part in Project Redcup to put a dent into these activities.
When there is street-level drug dealing, other crimes like robberies and assaults are also happening rendering a neighbourhood unsafe for residents.
After three weeks police made a total of 22 arrests in the following neighbourhoods:
− Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue
− Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue
− College Street and Spadina Avenue
− Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue
− King Street West and Strachan Avenue
− King Street West and Dufferin Street
− Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue
− Queen Street West and Bathurst Street
Uncover officers made 13 drug buys during Project Redcup. Those buys lead to 22 arrests and 59 charges.
Constable Tony Vella said during a phone interview the community really came forward to help the police in this case. As for those arrested Vella said, "It's now up to the courts."
The courts have already seen most of those busted during this investigation before them. In total there are 514 convictions among the suspects arrested during the three week investigation.
Detective Sergeant Brian Kelly, 14 Division, explained the number breakdown during a phone interview. Of those 514 convictions they were distributed between 19 of the suspects. Only three suspects did not have a prior criminal conviction.
"We were not targeting an individual but the areas that the community had alerted us about were targeted," said Detective Kelly.
Kelly said that the dealers themselves approached the undercover cops selling crack cocaine.
"The suspects were not gang-related," Kelly stated adding that all of the suspects are from Toronto and most of those arrested live within 14 Division boundaries. Some of those arrested do not have a fixed address.
While no children from the community gave information about sale of drugs on the streets, Detective Kelly said that there were calls from adults who were calling about their children selling drug transactions.
Project Redcup took place on various days and times. These dealers were not just sticking to a 'night shift' when children were not on the streets.
Without the co-operation of the public with alerting police about where the dealers are 14 Division would not have been able to make such a big difference in the war on crime.
Just because Project Redcup has completed doesn't mean that the investigation is over. 14 Division remains committed to ridding the streets of this type of crime and will be making compliance checks of all suspects who were arrested and released on bail.