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Project D.E.U.C.E, 64 arrests, 188 charges laid

March 27th, 2009 12:50pm

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TORONTO WEST – Over the past month, police officers from 14 Division’s Major Crime Unit conducted an extensive investigation focusing on drug sales. The name given to the project was DEUCE.

The project was focused in the area bounded by Lansdowne Ave. to Bathurst St., from Bloor St. W. to King St. W.

Increased activity in drug dealings prompted residents to alert police. The project helped the community regain some peace of mind, not only for residents but for businesses and visitors.

In total, 64 people were arrested and face a total of 188 charges, mostly for drugs and firearms-related offences.

Statistics

Persons arrested: 64
Average age: 34
Oldest: 63
Youngest: 17
Total number of charges: 188
Total accumulated criminal convictions: 1099
Average number of convictions: 17
Number on bail: 14
Number on Probation: 11
Money seized: $8835.00
Cocaine (Powder and Crack) seized: 62.61
Marijuana seized: 30.59

During the execution of two different warrants, a Bryco .380 semi- automatic pistol loaded with eight rounds of ammunition and a Ruger sawed-off .22 cal. rifle, ammunition, cocaine, marijuana and proceeds of crime were seized.

Of the 64 persons arrested:

- seven were detained,
- 12 are in custody awaiting a bail hearing,
- five were released from the station,
- three have plead guilty,
- 37 have been released on bail.

50% of those charged turned out to live outside of 14 Division boundaries.

Police will now start Project Postcard, which is aimed at monitoring those who have been released on bail or are on probation.

Detective Sergeant Egidio Roseto said “Project Postcard will be in effect for four weeks. We will keep track of arrests of all persons arrested in 14 Division for failing to comply with the conditions of their bail, the conditions of their probations and any persons who fail to appear in court to answer to the charges they are facing.

Police are requesting the continued support from the community members in 14 Division in the hopes to make the communities a safer and better place to live.

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