TORONTO, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Combined Forces Special Enforcement
Unit (CFSEU) has executed 13 search warrants and arrested 18 people as
part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gaming.
The first stage of this operation occurred on February 3, 2013, when
officers from CFSEU and assisting agencies entered an illegal gaming
event held at Le Parc Dining and Banquet Hall. Found inside were
approximately 2,300 people who had been invited to an exclusive Super
Bowl event centered around illegal gaming. Patrons were found using
computer terminals supplied by organizers of the event, placing illegal
online wagers through the Platinum Sports Book website. That evening
six people were arrested and charged with gaming-related offences, 10
search warrants were executed at various locations throughout the GTA
and in London, ON, and more than $2.5 million in cash along with
offence-related property was seized.
The second stage of this operation occurred today when officers from
CFSEU and assisting agencies executed an additional 13 search warrants
throughout the GTA and in London. As a result of today's operation,
officers have arrested 18 people and seized approximately 1.5 million
dollars cash, bank documents, computers and betting Documents. Two
handguns, one taser and four vehicles were also seized as offence
related property. The investigation is on-going and additional arrests
Pending charges are in relation to participation in a criminal
organization, conspiracy to commit criminal offences, fail to comply
and proceeds of crime offences.
This two-year, joint-forces investigation centered around the
criminality related to illegal gaming, the activities of Platinum
Sportsbook and the violence associated to these criminal activities.
This investigation began as a result of a complaint from a person who
said they were being extorted for money they owed to this group.
Police allege that if money borrowed from this organization could not
be repaid, exorbitant interest rates were imposed; the borrowers were
then unable to get out from under this mounting debt. Violence was
often used in an attempt to recoup money owed.
"The presence of organized crime groups brings an element of criminality
to our communities. Illegal gaming, drug trafficking, prostitution,
extortion, intimidation and weapons offences among others, put our
citizens at risk," said Superintendent Keith Finn (officer in charge
CFSEU). "Members of the CFSEU are committed to keeping our communities safe and ensuring people committing these crimes are held responsible."
If the public has information related to the activities of this group,
including if you or your family members have become indebted to this
organization, members of the CFSEU would like to speak to you. Please
contact CFSEU at 1-800-387-0020.
For photos from the Feb. 3rd seizures, visit: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/on/news-nouvelles/index-eng.htm
The CFSEU is a multi-jurisdictional operation, which includes the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional
Police, the Toronto Police Service, Peel Regional Police and the Durham
Regional Police Service. CFSEU is specifically tasked with the mandate
to expose, investigate, prosecute and dismantle organized criminal
SOURCE: Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
For further information:
CFSEU Media Relations