Handguns destined for Toronto streets were swapped for drugs in a lucrative Canada-U.S. “pipeline” run by a sophisticated, white-collar organized crime network, Toronto police said yesterday.
Black-market Viagra, cocaine, and guns were seized and 27 arrests were made by police in a massive sweep of communities across the GTA yesterday. Officers and Emergency Task Force members raided residences on well-to-do Bellair Street in Yorkville, as well as in the Yonge and Sheppard area, as part of the crackdown.
“We are shocked by the extent of the criminal enterprise that we have uncovered in this investigation,” said Toronto police Chief Bill Blair at a media conference held after the raids yesterday.
Approximately 50,000 pills of black-market Viagra, 47 guns, large quantities of cocaine, heroin and marijuana and 18 vehicles were seized in yesterday’s pre-dawn raids.