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 says two police probes — Project Brazen and Project Quell — came as a response to violent gang activity that began in late 2011.
Police linked a rise in violence to a gang feud between two groups, the Orton Park Gang and the Galloway Boys Gang.
"These numbers are significant," McLane said about the arrests at a press conference Friday. "I could say that the impact would be huge."
McLane says 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 says 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.
But he says Project Brazen and Project Quell, which was launched in June this year to continue the original investigation, have led to the arrests of 41 people alleged to be gang members. Nine of those arrests were made last year, while seven were made this past July in the Orton Park Road area.
"It is alleged that the Barnaby homicide and a number of shootings were in fact associated to the escalation in violence between the Galloway Boys gang and the Orton Park gang," said McLane, adding the feud is believed to have been sparked by a turf war over the drug trade in the east-end area.
More than 400 charges have been laid, including attempted murder, trafficking, firearms and drug-related offences.
Eight arrests were made Thursday when warrants were executed in Toronto, Waterloo and London, Ont. Investigators also seized more than 1,200 grams of cocaine and $10,400 in cash.
Police are still looking for eight other suspects, alleged to be members of the Galloway Boys, and have issued warrants for their arrests. They are:
- Sedonick Atkins, 21
- Bismark Barrett, 22
- Devon Brumble, 20
- Micheil Davy, 23
- Ernesto Gayle, 36
- Carl Sangs, 27
- Tyrrell Turner, 21
- Orane West, 30
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7400 or to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent to to CRIMES (274637) by texting TOR and your message.