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Year-long gang probe 'dismantles' Eglinton West Crips, 800 charges to be laid

Last Updated Oct 29, 2020 at 2:47 pm EDT

Guns allegedly seized by police during Project Sunder. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

A province-wide investigation into a sophisticated Toronto-based street gang has led to the arrests of over 100 people who police say will face a staggering 800 charges.

Police say the year-long probe dubbed Project Sunder has dismantled the Eglinton West Crips – a group allegedly involved in drug and human trafficking offences enforced by violence.

In a release, investigators said the gang was responsible for crimes “such as murder, attempt murder, firearms offences, drug trafficking and human trafficking in areas from Toronto to Thunder Bay.”

“What started as a local investigation into a dangerous street gang known as the Eglinton West Crips turned into a complex, multi-jurisdictional project involving arrests in 15 different cities,” Toronto police Deputy Chief Myron Demkiw said.

“Thanks to the cooperation of these other police services, we have been successful in dismantling this criminal organization and taking guns and drugs off the streets of many communities.”

During the investigation police executed 141 search warrants, seizing 31 guns, large quantities of drugs like heroin, cocaine, fentanyl and crystal meth, and over $300,000 in cash.

Police say the probe is ongoing and a full list of charges is not yet available.