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More than 20 arrested in early-morning Toronto raids

Toronto police officers conduct a series of early-morning raids on April 10, 2014. CITYNEWS.

Police from across the GTA, including Toronto’s Emergency Task Force, conducted a series of early-morning raids on Thursday as part of a 2014 murder investigation.

Thanh Tung Phan, 27, of Toronto, was arrested and faces charges of first-degree murder and two counts of criminal harassment.

Peter Nguyen, 26, of Toronto, was shot to death in the Yonge Street and Deloraine Avenue area just before 9:20 p.m. on Feb. 4.

At the time, police were looking for two suspects, who were last seen leaving the area on foot.

Durham police said more than 20 people were arrested in the raids, which were part of a guns and drugs investigation dubbed Project Wheeler.

Officers seized bags of evidence in Flemingdon Park, near Don Mills Road and Overlea Boulevard, and took at least one person into custody on Broadview Avenue near Queen Street East.

Among those taken into custody is a 12-year-old boy, 680News reporter Carl Hanstke said.

The raids began just after 5 a.m. Officers were armed with battering rams and flash grenades, and brought in police dogs.

One person who lives in the same Leeward Glenway apartment building that was targeted said at first, he thought he had heard gunshots.

“All we heard was the dogs barking and a big bang and them yelling. They were by the stairwell. It woke us up,” the witness said.

“We thought at first it was a gunshot.”

Other police services in the GTA executed several search warrants across the region on Wednesday night and early on Thursday. Durham police said they seized three guns, drugs and money in their search.