Joint Project Results in Hundred of Charges

Posted On Wednesday November 18, 2020

WATCH: Highlights of Project Siphon

Region of Peel –Peel Regional Police Specialized Enforcement Bureau, joined forces with services across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in a 14-month long investigation resulting in numerous arrests and seizures of firearms, drugs and property.

In September of 2019, Peel Regional Police, Specialized Enforcement Bureau, began a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act (C.D.S.A.) investigation into a drug network in the Mississauga and Brampton areas.

On November 12, 2020, nearly 600 officers from various police services conducted search warrants across the GTA in relation to Project Siphon. In total, over 800 charges have been laid against the 88 people that were arrested during this project. These arrests relate to offences including; participating in a criminal organization, firearms offences including shootings, attempt murders and homicides, human trafficking, drug production, drug trafficking and possession.

“We will not accept these kinds of criminal activity, as a police service or as a community. Tackling violent crime, including guns and gangs, is a priority for Peel Regional Police. Through work like this we will push towards the extinction of gang violence by insisting that those who are responsible, are brought to justice and held accountable” said Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The hard work and perserverance of investigators led to charges being laid in relation to the murder of Abdifatah Salah, who was shot in August 2020. Mahmoud Al Ramahi, a 29-year-old man from Mississauga, has been charged with First Degree murder along with multiple other offences.

Project Siphon has assisted with multiple homicide investigations across the GTA, from identifying victims, possible suspects and potential person(s) responsible for these crimes. 

By dismantling this street gang, this project sends a strong message to the community that public safety is at the forefront for strategies employed by Peel Police.  It sends a message to criminals that you will be arrested, charged and be held accountable for endangering the lives of innocent people and putting public safety at risk. Gangs know no borders and have a significant impact on public safety. Joint projects such as Project Siphon show a united front that agencies will work together to take guns and drugs off the streets of Peel Region and across the GTA.

Successes of projects such as this would not be possible without assistance from various partners including:

-          Gun and Gang Support Unit of the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, funded by Public Safety Canada’s grant to combat gang violence. Theis assistance provided outstanding guidance, legal advice and support to the investigative team.

-          The Ministry of the Attorney General and the Public Prosecution Services of Canada.

-          The Canada Revenue Agency

-          The Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC)

-          The Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario (CISO)

Investigators are asking anyone with information relating to this investigation, to contact the Specialized Enforcement Unit at 905-453-2121, ext. 3502. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.

For media inquiries, please contact the on-duty Public and Media Relations Officer at 905-453-2121, ext. 4027. 

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SUPPORTING QUOTES:

On behalf of the Peel Police Services Board, I want to congratulate Chief Duraiappah, the members of Peel Police and their partners in law enforcement on their ongoing efforts to combat gang violence. We thank them for their relentless dedication to public safety which is severely compromised by the actions of these types of individuals

- Ron Chatha, Chair, Peel Police Services Board

This sends a strong signal that organized crime simply won’t be tolerated in our community. I want to thank Peel Regional Police and all the officers who worked on this investigation. This is yet another example of the incredible work that our officers do day in and day out to keep our community safe.”

- Bonnie Crombie, Mayor, City of Mississauga

“ I want to congratulate the officers involved in this investigation.  Guns and gangs have no place in our community.  Today's arrests will have a significant impact on improving community safety.   As a Member of the Police Board, I know that Peel Police are committed to working with other forces to end the scourge of gun and gang violence.”

-          Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton 

 “These arrests highlight the dedicated and diligent work of GTA police services to tackle and dismantle organized crime groups who continue to profit while communities suffer. This was a complex and high-level operation led by our partners at Peel Regional Police and the Toronto Police Service is proud to have supported them in combatting gun and gang-related activity.  Multi-jurisdiction work is key to targeting and disrupting criminal enterprises and we will continue to work with our partners to make our streets safer.”

- Myron Demkiw, Deputy Chief, Toronto Police Service

"Gangs, and the havoc they wreak, know no boundaries. An investigation of this complexity and scope is only achievable through a deep commitment to collaboration. The Halton Regional Police Service is grateful for the tenacious efforts of police services across southern Ontario to bolster safety and well-being in the communities we serve,"

– Jeff Hill, Deputy Chief, Halton Regional Police Service

“Gangs and the illicit substances, firearms and the contraband they push do not know or pay attention to geographical boundaries. This highlights the importance of police joining together to combat street gangs and organized crime as a collective group, sharing resources, intelligence, expertise and our experiences.”

-          Deputy Chief Brian Bigras – York Regional Police

“Criminal activity has no jurisdictional limits. Gun, gang and drug activity create a rippling effect in our community, this is why it is important for police agencies to work together to take all necessary actions to mitigate this within our communities. The outcome of Project Siphon demonstrates this.”

-          Paul Hamilton, Superintendent, Hamilton Police Service

“We know these urban-based organized crime groups don’t respect the boundaries that exist between our jurisdictions. As law enforcement, we’re a team and we are collectively fighting for the same outcome – preserving the safety of our citizens and removing these criminals from our communities. It is imperative that law enforcement continues to work together to cripple these criminal networks.” –Paul Mackey, Chief Superintendent, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau

Violent criminal activity knows no geographical boundaries. The number of weapons and drugs seized during this joint investigation should be concerning to all communities and demonstrates the commitment from Ontario police services to disrupt illegal trafficking and gun and gang violence in our province.”

-          Eugene Fenton, Superintendent, Waterloo Regional Police Service

 

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