A total of seven firearms, a large amount of drugs and in excess of $100,000 was seized and 11 people are facing 95 charges following a Toronto Police investigation related to several gang and gun-related occurrences in Thorncliffe Park in the last year.
The drugs include about 65 grams of fentanyl, half-a-kilogram of cocaine, 18 pounds of marijuana and MDMA.
On September 3, search warrants were conducted at nine addresses across the city and three in Cambridge.
These warrants were executed by members of the Toronto Police Service Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force Centralized Shooting Response Teams and Street Enforcement Teams with the assistance of the Hold Up Squad, Gun Violence Suppression Teams, Uniformed and investigative members of 53, 55, 32, 33, 43 Divisions as well as the Emergency Task Force.
Police are alleging that 19-year-old Salman Jogiyat was the leader of the criminal organization.
He is charged with two counts of attempted murder, four counts of participation in a criminal organization, five counts of instruction for the benefit of a criminal organization, several other conspiracy to commit indictable-related offences, unauthorized possession of a firearm, robbery and theft over $5,000.
Also arrested was his 25-year-old brother Sufyan Jogiyat and family members Moosa Jogiyat, 20, and 24-year-old Saleha Jogiyat who is one of two females taken into custody. The other is 19-year-old Hasna Amir of Cambridge.
At a news conference at police headquarters on September 9, D/Sgt. Richard Harris said the eight-month investigation dubbed Project Compound helped remove an alleged group of extremely violent individuals off the streets of Toronto.
He said it was initiated because of an increase in firearm-related violence in that community and other parts of the Greater Toronto Area.
“Working with our internal and external partners as well as members of the community, this particular investigation focused on criminal activities of Salman Jogiyat and his associates,” he said. “It is believed and alleged that this group purposely set out to commit violent acts against targeted individuals for the sole purpose of monetary gain and retribution.”
Also arrested were 25-year-old Mothusi Sebape, 31-year-old Ryan Ally, 21-year-old Aun Ali, Justin Ramroop, 22, Daniyal Bakharia, 20, and 19-year-old Abid Patel all of Toronto.
All with the exception of Bakharia will appear in court on October 6. His court appearance is on November 12.
Arrest warrants have been issued for 26-year-old Sadi Zalloum and Sufyan Dadabhai of Toronto.
Zalloum is wanted for possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine and Dadabhai is wanted for conspiracy to commit murder, participation in a criminal organization and the commission of an offence for the benefit of a criminal organization.
Supt. Steven Watts, who leads the Organized Crime Enforcement unit, praised officers for their dedication and efforts that led to the arrest of ‘several high-risk subjects.’
“Their work has resulted in an improved level of safety and security within this community as a whole,” he said. “We have developed a sustainable, highly integrated and robust enforcement strategy that directly supports the prevention and gun violence in our city. This investigation utilized a proactive style of investigative techniques and protocols and the application of multiple resources in our Service, including uniform, plainclothes and civilian support.
“To be clear, highly focused, integrated and other enforcement protocols are not only essential, but are absolutely critical when dealing with high-risk subjects who have a propensity for carrying and using firearms for unlawful purposes… The enforcement strategies actually result in the prevention of violent crime in our communities.”
Insp. Justin Vander Heyden, who is in charge of 53 Division, said the arrests will have a direct and immediate impact on the safety of that neighbourhood in the short term.
“These arrests represent a big step in ensuring a sense of security to the thousands of residents who have been affected by the senseless violence that they have witnessed in the past year,” he said. “In the long-term, I want to assure the residents of Thorncliffe Park that our investment and lasting relationship and partnerships will carry on as our Neighbourhood Community Officers will continue to be embedded in the Thorncliffe Park area in carrying out their goals of long-term relationship building and collaborative problem-solving with the community.”
S/Supt. Peter Code addressed the rising gun violence in the city.
“As far as the number of shootings that our city has experienced, the numbers are high, they are upsetting and I can assure everyone that we take this incredibly seriously,” said Code, who is in charge of Detective Operations.
Between the start of the year to today, there have been 350 shootings which is 40 more than for the same period last year.
“Of the people that have been actually hit by a bullet, we are almost even with the same time last year,” said Code.
A total of 168 people have been struck by bullets so far this year compared with 170 for the same time period in 2019.
The shooting statistics are published on data.tps.on.ca that’s available to the public.
“However, statistics only provide one aspect of the event,” Code pointed out. “Statistics fail to tell us the impact they have on members of the community and how with every shooting comes a significant level of fear, vulnerability and trauma that’s real to those injured, their family, friends, neighbourhoods and entire communities. One only has to look to the shooting that occurred in south Etobicoke very recently to appreciate the impacts that a community feels.”
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