Media Advisory - Toronto Crime Stoppers Raising Awareness on Contraband Tobacco and Organized Crime


TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2015 /CNW/ -


Who: Gary Grant, former Toronto Police Staff Superintendent and Chair of Toronto Crime Stoppers

What: Gary will address the trend of organized crime in Toronto fueled in part by the illegal cigarette trade. There is currently a public outreach initiative being undertaken by Toronto Crime Stoppers to raise awareness on this issue including 30 large scale advertisements across the city and materials being distributed at events across Toronto. 

Why: With MPPs back at Queen's Park this week, and the federal election campaign heating up, it's important that government decision makers and the public be aware of the ads located across Toronto as illegal cigarettes continue to be a complicated and serious problem in the city and across Ontario. Crime Stoppers wants to inform members of the Toronto community on how this illegal trade impacts them and directly funds other illicit activity involving firearms and drug smuggling. The 30 large scale advertisements detailing the connection between organized crime and contraband cigarettes are up in select locations across Toronto, including areas close to City Hall, Toronto Police HQ, and Queen's Park.

When: Gary will be available for media interviews on Thursday, September 17th, 2015.

Where: Toronto, Ontario.


Crime Stoppers is a partnership of the public, police and media that provides the community with a proactive program for people to assist the police anonymously to solve crimes, thereby contributing to an improved quality of life.

Each week, the media appeals for information about unsolved crimes that are highlighted in television, radio spots, newspaper articles and in various social media outlets such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Individuals who have any information that will assist investigators are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS. Crime Stoppers takes information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls are not recorded and Crime Stoppers does not have call display, guaranteeing that your identity remains anonymous. You will never be asked to identify yourself or testify in court.


SOURCE Toronto Crime Stoppers

For further information: To arrange interviews, please contact: Cynthia Waldmeier, Media Relations, (p) 416-363-4025, (e)

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