Toronto police unveiled the results of a series of guns and gangs raids across the GTA on Thursday.
Police showed off the results of the raids at Toronto police headquarters this morning.
Project Sizzle targetted the HOK (Heart of a King) gang and was led by Toronto Police Firearms Enforcement Unit in Major Projects Section of Gun & Gang Task Force.
The Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police & Montreal Police also helped in executing 81 search warrants.
Project Sizzle resulted in 53 arrests and 285 charges being laid.
Police say Thursday’s raids resulted in 43 search warrants executed, 11 search warrants on vehicles and 32 arrests.
Police say they seized 17 firearms, marijuana, cocaine, ketamine, body armour and $45,000 in cash and $300,000 in property related proceeds.
The HOK gang evolved from North Preston’s Finest gang in Nova Scotia and has been active in downtown Toronto.
Inspector Bryan Bott says the Project Sizzle investigation began in January 2016 and the gang is currently incarcerated.
Bott says “Through intelligence information we know that HOK gang had a high propensity for violence,” and police believe they were responsible for several homicides in Toronto.
He says “The HOK Gang’s criminal activity was centred around adult entertainment establishments and local bars.”
Police allege the leader of HOK was Jamal Richardson aka “Bam” Or “Bambino”.
Kyle Sparks-McKinnon was a member of HOK and was already in custody and charged with 2 counts of first degree murder in a double homicide in Chinatown.
Jamal Richardson, Kyle Sparks-McKinnon, Denzell Desmond and Mitchell Mannette are all alleged to be part of HOK were arrested last month and are accused of murdering Charles Shillingford near Yonge and College last haloweeen.
Police also allege the gang is involved in drug trafficking, fraud and prostitution that supports their lifestyle.