BRANTFORD – A far-reaching investigation into a bloody conflict between rival Toronto-area tow truck operators has ended with over 200
charges laid and numerous arrests.
York Regional Police say among those arrested were seven Brantford residents, some who are charged with conspiracy to commit murder and numberous trafficking and firearms offences.
The investigation called Project Platinum began in February with York Region police working alongside officers from the OPP, Toronto Police, and the Canada Revenue Agency. They targeted an ongoing turf war among Greater Toronto Area tow operators who have been fighting not only over the legitimate business but also fraudulent accident insurance claims.
Police say, the turf war has resulted in numerous murders, attempted murders, assaults, arsons, threats, and property damage.
Search warrants executed on April 30th, May 1st and May 20th in Brantford, Hamilton, Oakville, Toronto and throughout York Region resulted with 20 arrests, along with the seizure of 11 tow trucks, over 30 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, several kilograms of illicit drugs and over $500,000 in cash.