Five Guns Seized in 43 Division

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: noon April 16, 2021
Updated: 11:59 a.m. April 20, 2021

Officers in 43 Division teamed up with other units to seize five guns in nine days.

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A firearm seized during a search warrant on April 14

A total of 10 arrests have been made, five firearms recovered and a large quantity of drugs, ammunition and money seized.

On April 4, a coordinated effort by several Toronto Police units and Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) Special Constables led to four arrests and the seizure of three guns and several rounds of ammunition.

The Division’s Neighbourhood Community Officers initiated the investigation and worked with other units to identify several suspects.

While waiting for the Emergency Task Force (ETF) to assist with a search warrant on Mornelle Court, Public Safety Response Team (PSRT) and 43 Division Major Crime Unit members stopped several vehicles.

A total of three loaded firearms were recovered and four suspects arrested.

During the search warrant executed at the unit, a loaded prohibited magazine and 45-calibre ammunition were seized.

A total of four people are facing firearms charges.

“We really couldn’t have done this without the collaboration and teamwork,” noted Det. Sgt. Jesse VanNest, of 43 Division.

He said the investigation is ongoing.

On Tuesday April 13 while on patrol on the division, Major Crime Unit officers tried to pull over a stolen vehicle.

“As they tried to box in the car, the vehicle hit a police cruiser and took off before going into a parking lot,” said Det. Rhonda Thomas, of the 43 Division Major Crime Unit.  “The occupants took off on foot and there was a pursuit before the four suspects were captured.”

One of the suspects had an extendable baton and another was carrying a firearm.

On April 14, a search warrant executed at a residence resulted in two arrests, the seizure of over $25,000 in cash and the recovery of a loaded Smith and Wesson firearm, 34.46 grams of crack, 332.14 grams of cocaine and five grams of heroin. 

The accused are facing 14 charges.

Supt. David Rydzik praised his officers for the outstanding work.

“It has been an incredible last couple of days for us and I can’t emphasize the importance of collaboration internally and externally,” he said. “The significant drugs that were seized yesterday was destined for our streets and it’s good that we were able to put a stop to that.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at   222tips.com.

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A portion of the $25,000 in cash seized during search warrant on April 14
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