94 in custody, drugs, guns, money seized as part of Projects RX and Battery
TORONTO – Police displayed thousands of dollars in cash, guns, body armour, ammunition, numerous varieties of drugs seized as part of Project RX and Project Battery.
In addition, a total of 94 people have been arrested as part of the investigations.
This comes after police executed a series of raids across the GTA Wednesday morning, taking 52 people into custody.
The two investigations, involving police forces from across Ontario and Canada, focused on the “Sick Thugs” and “Asian Assassins” gangs.
“The main motivation of these criminal organizations is trafficking guns and drugs,” said Toronto Police Inspector Gord Sneddon at a press conference Thursday morning, noting that they often resort to “extreme acts of violence.”
Charges laid in the project primarily involve possession of firearms and drugs, but also escalate to trafficking, committing offences for a criminal organization and even living off the avails of juvenile prostitution.
Sneddon said there is a homicide component involved in both projects, but noted the investigations began simply due to an interest in probing an ongoing battle between the two gangs.
All accused as part of Project Battery are scheduled for a court appearance Friday at the Toronto Courthouse on Eglinton Ave.
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