Peel police arrest 24 people linked to ‘violent criminal acts’ in GTA

Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with a criminal group allegedly responsible for tractor-trailer load thefts and other violent criminal acts in the Greater Toronto Area, the Peel Regional Police Department said.

At the beginning of 2022, the police started an investigation into an organized criminal group that is active in the Peel region and the GTA.

A special project team has been formed with funding from the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario department.

“The suspects used violence, intimidation and financial rewards to recruit members and commit criminal acts in southern Ontario. This group is believed to be responsible for multiple gun crimes, cargo thefts and drug trafficking,” the police said in a press release on Saturday.

As a result of the investigation, 24 people with suspected links to the group were arrested and a total of 54 charges were filed, police said.

Charges include making threats to cause death, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, theft of more than $5,000 and fraud-related charges.

Investigators say search warrants have been issued for 14 properties, leading to the seizure of four firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun, 10 stolen vehicles worth more than $1.1 million, stolen heating and air-conditioning units worth over $1.1 million. more than $460,000 and illegal opioids worth more than $25,000.

Police are asking anyone with information about the investigation to contact them at 905-453-2121, extension 2133 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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