Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Probe into Toronto Gang Violence Leads to 41 Arrests, Hundreds of Charges;police

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Probe into Toronto Gang Violence Leads to 41 Arrests, Hundreds of Charges;police

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Dozens arrested in Toronto gang crackdown

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TORONTO - A violent feud between two rival gangs in Toronto has led to a police crackdown resulting in more than 40 arrests and hundreds of charges.

Staff Insp. Greg McLane of the homicide squad said Friday that two police probes -- Project Brazen and Project Quell -- came as a response to violent gang activity that began in late 2011.

McLane said the murder of 24-year-old D'Mitre Barnaby in December 2011, which police later determined to be a case of mistaken identity, and several attempted murders in Toronto's east end prompted them to kick off Project Brazen.

McLane said the murder of Barnaby, who was shot multiple times in a parking lot, remains unsolved and he was not believed to be a gang member.

Project Brazen and Project Quell, which was launched in June this year to continue the investigation, have led to the arrests of 41 people alleged to be gang members, McLane said.

More than 400 charges have been laid, including attempted murder, trafficking, firearms and drug-related offences. …

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