TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2016 /CNW/ - As the result of an on-going illegal video gaming machine investigation, project OEIDER, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) has executed a number of search warrants in the city of Toronto and York Region. Search warrants were executed at (11) eleven Cafes that contained illegal gaming machines as well as one residence. Project OEIDER is a joint CFSEU investigation with the O.P.P. Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) Illegal Gaming Unit and the Toronto Police Service.
Cafes or Social Clubs that house illegal gaming machines have far too often been a focal point in criminal investigations associated to organized crime. Over recent years there has been a marked increase in serious acts of violence, including targeted murders, at such establishments. Criminal violence, sometimes unreported in any formal complaint to police, also flows from the illicit gaming occurring within. Illegal gaming machines are a major source of revenue for organized crime groups and this revenue facilitates further criminal activities that pose a pervasive threat to Canadian communities. These searches and arrests will disrupt the criminal organization's flow of money and operations.
CFSEU is a multi-jurisdictional operation, which includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, York Regional Police, the Toronto Police Service and Peel Regional Police Service. CFSEU is specifically tasked with the mandate to expose, investigate, prosecute and dismantle organized criminal enterprises.
There will be a further News Release once additional details can be shared.
SOURCE Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
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