Massive raid against illegal gambling syndicate launched by Ontario authorities


Published April 5, 2024 at 4:58 pm

Toronto police raid

In a recent announcement released on behalf of the RCMP, it was revealed that provincial authorities dismantled an illegal gambling and book-making network located in the GTA. These raids were carried out by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) between March 28 and March 30. 

This specialized unit contains officers from the RCMP, OPP, York Regional Police, Toronto Police Services, Peel Regional Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service and additional federal law enforcement authorities. 

The raid was the result of a two-year-long investigation by the CFSEU and authorities claim it will have a major impact on illegal gambling across Ontario. 

According to the official report, authorities dismantled these alleged operations in eastern Toronto.

Police have also shut down an associated online sports betting network operated by the same group. Primary charges in the case have been laid against restaurant and bar operators who allegedly had these illegal gambling institutions located inside their businesses. 

Authorities also allege that police seized illegal gaming devices as well as electronics and over $250,000. Additional items that were confiscated included multiple pistols and long guns as well. 

At the time of this article, police have arrested 16 individuals connected to this syndicate. However, Paris Christoforou, the alleged ring leader and former Hell’s Angels member, is currently out of the country. 

An official warrant has been issued for his arrest and authorities aim to keep the province updated on his whereabouts and arrest status. 

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