17 different police forces teamed up to tackle a notorious Toronto street gang, with ties to several different communities in Ontario, and across Canada.
However, police learned that while the gang’s leaders are already behind bars, they’re still able to call the shots on the street.
Project Kronic, led by the Toronto Police, took down the Driftwood Crips street gang with 77 synchronized raids across the province from Sudbury down to Niagara Falls.
“I think the team has made significant dent in this group because of the numbers we arrested. There’s nobody to run the cells we’ve identified.”
18 guns were seized, including 14 handguns. Police found hundreds of Fentanyl patches, and pills, cocaine, and close to $177,000.
10 young offenders were arrested, one 17 year old is facing attempted murder charges. Other young gang members were offered access to social services to change their way of life.
Toronto Police say many of the leaders of the Driftwood Crips are already behind bars – but they’re still calling the shots.
Policing expert Rob McDonald isn’t surprised.
“People who get to the top of these organizations get there with determinations, some brains, and a whole lot of intestinal fortitude, they will not give up their power because that’s what they’re made of.”
The same street gang was raided in 2007 and 2011, and McDonald says they’ll also bounce back from this.
“There will always be hangers on and people willing to step up into a leadership role, whether they have the ability or not to continue the lifestyle that these gang affiliations provide them.”
Two people from the niagara region were arrested.
63 year old Devin Dinall is facing 5 cocaine related charges and 32 year old Shannon Rolle of Niagara Falls is facing 3 charges of trafficking cocaine.