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<p>People who buy pirated DVDs in Ontario may be underwriting much more serious crimes waged by sophisticated alliances of lawbreakers, police chiefs say.</p>

Lawbreakers now collaborating in sophisticated rings


People who buy pirated DVDs in Ontario may be underwriting much more serious crimes waged by sophisticated alliances of lawbreakers, police chiefs say.





The ranks of organized crime now include fraud artists, drug and gun dealers, international traffickers of women and children, and armed robbers.





These groups are no longer working in isolation, but with each other, says a report released yesterday by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.





The networks reinvest the proceeds from lesser crimes for the smuggling of hard drugs or firearms that “are then sold to violent street criminals and then somebody gets killed on our streets,” OACP president and Toronto police Chief Bill Blair told reporters yesterday.





“We need to give the people of Ontario a realistic understanding of what the true nature of organized crime is,” Blair said.





The report calls for Ontarians’ greater vigilance toward organized crime to “help cast a light on the shadows in which it operates.”















Little bit of everything


  • Human beings, drugs and weapons are being trafficked by networks that use both street gangsters and outlaw bikers. They also have their fingers in everything from fencing of stolen property to fraud, the report says.


 
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