TORONTO, Jan. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Yesterday, as the result of an on-going illegal video gaming machine investigation, project OEIDER, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) 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.
The investigation identified that illegal gaming machines were located in the following establishments which resulted in the mid-afternoon enforcement action. Search warrants were executed at the following locations:
VIA CONSENZA BAR CAFÉ, 14 MacKay Ave., Toronto, ON
1248 CAFÉ, 1248 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, ON
CAPRI CAFÉ, 1703 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, ON
YORK CENTRE CAFÉ, 2408 Dufferin St., Toronto, ON
AZZURRI SOCIAL CLUB, 2184 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto, ON
PER TUTTI CAFÉ, 1988 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto, ON
TRE-SETTE SOCIAL CLUB, 1974 Eglinton Ave. W, Toronto, ON
IN TRE CAFÉ, 351 Marlee Ave., Toronto, ON
CAFE 513, 513 Marlee Ave., Toronto, ON
PRIMA TAZZA SPORTS BAR, 1310 St. Clair Ave. W, Toronto, ON
CAFE CORRETTO, 120 Winges Rd., Vaughan, ON
Police seized seventy-four (74) illegal gaming machines and approximately two hundred thousand ($200,000) dollars in cash. The seizure of the illegal gaming machines will have a significant impact on the criminal organization's flow of money and operations.
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. "The presence of organized crime groups brings an element of criminality to our communities that is not acceptable. Illegal gaming lines the pockets of organized crime groups and puts our citizens at risk. The members of CFSEU are committed to protecting the community and ensuring people committing these crimes are held responsible", stated Superintendent Keith Finn, Officer in Charge of CFSEU and Serious and Organized Crime in the GTA.
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.
SOURCE Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit
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