Toronto police crackdown on gangs with links to Shower Posse


The Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals gangs which have reportedly terrorized neighborhoods in Toronto, Canada have been dealt a crippling blow by cops there.

A crackdown on the two notorious gangs which have links to the Shower Posse and allegedly operating in Toronto’s north end has resulted in more than 70 arrests and a haul of guns, drugs and diamonds, Toronto police Chief William Blair told a news conference Tuesday.

Reports on the Internet say that Staff Inspector Mike Earl told reporters that a nine-month investigation dubbed Project Corral began in August 2009 after a spiked increase in violence in the northwest area of Toronto.

Earl said the two gangs have been linked to the Shower Posse, an organization based in Jamaica which operates above the street gangs, supplying and controlling them.

More than 1,000 police officers conducted about 100 pre-dawn raids early Tuesday in Toronto and Ottawa.

They arrested 71 people and seized 19 firearms and at least $30,000 in cash, as well as body armour, vehicles and diamonds. Also seized were drugs including cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, hash oil and more than 10,000 ecstasy pills.

“(The) investigation has been successful in apprehending a significant number of individuals and has in our opinion, compromised the ability of these two very significant and dangerous street gangs to continue their criminal enterprise in Toronto,” Blair said.

Blair pointed out that the investigation uncovered more than just two local street gangs.

“We’ve also identified an international organised crime group which has tentacles into these street-level organisations and are supplying them with both firearms and guns and organising and profiting from their criminal activities,” he said.