Toronto police arrest 44 people after Project Traveller raids
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, June 17, 2013 7:09PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, June 18, 2013 12:55PM EDT
TORONTO -- Toronto police have named 35 of the 44 people arrested under arrest and say they are facing a total of 224 charges following last week's raids targeting a gang allegedly involved in drug and gun trafficking.
Project Traveller investigated the Dixon City Bloods -- also known as the Dixon Goonies -- who police say centred their alleged criminal activity around apartment complexes on Dixon Road in Toronto.
Investigators say the alleged crimes involved violence, gun importation, and drug trafficking across Toronto and surrounding regions, including Windsor, Ont., and in Alberta.
A total of 42 tactical teams from 17 police agencies executed 83 search warrants last Thursday and seized drugs, cash, 42 firearms, one Taser and ammunition.
Police on Monday released a list of the accused that includes people from Toronto, Windsor, Edmonton, Mississauga, Woodbridge and Detroit.
Investigators say nine other people arrested and charged prior to June 13 and are being brought to Toronto to face charges, while another 10 suspects are still being sought.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for one of the accused -- Muhammad Khattak, 19 -- has said he's concerned about a fair trial because of media reports linking his client to an alleged crack cocaine video involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Nathan Gorham said he's worried about published reports that claim Khattak is one of the people in a widely publicized photograph of Ford connected to the alleged video.
The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail cite sources as saying Khattak is one of those pictured with Ford.
Khattak is charged with participating in a criminal organization and trafficking in marijuana.