A Toronto police officer alleged to be “closely associated” with a “sophisticated” Eastern European crime organization used his position with the force to assist the group’s North American drug-smuggling activities, Chief Bill Blair said yesterday.

The 34-year-old constable was among 25 people arrested as part of a multi-force investigation into a group that allegedly exported B.C.-grown marijuana to the United States via Toronto in exchange for cocaine distributed in Canada.

Const. Ioan-Florin (John) Floria was arrested after reporting for duty yesterday.



  • Investigators allege the officer was helping the traffickers by using other officers’ badge numbers to run criminal background checks and passing on tips on how to avoid detection, police say.

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