Nine people have been charged, including six teenagers and a 12-year-old girl, with a total of 111 offences after police said a raid on a home in Toronto’s north end turned up automatic weapons and ammunition.
Toronto police executed a search warrant on a residence in the Victoria Park Avenue and Finch Avenue East area Tuesday as part of a firearms investigation.
Investigators said they located a JR Carbine multi-calibre .45 calibre machine pistol, an AB Arms ASR, 9mm machine pistol with ammunition drum, 55 rounds of .45 calibre ammunition and 33 rounds of 9mm ammunition.
A 12-year-old Toronto girl was charged with nine firearms charges, possession of a prohibited device and possession of property obtained by crime.
A 16-year-old girl from Toronto has been charged with 19 weapons-related offences and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime.
A 17-year-old man from Toronto faces nine weapons-related offences, possession of a prohibited device, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of failure to comply with probation.
A second 17-year-old Toronto man, a 39-year-old Toronto woman and two 16-year-old Toronto boys also face nine firearms charges, in addition to one count each of possession of a prohibited device and possession of property obtained by crime.
Police also charged 18-year-old Abdullahi Hassan and 24-year-old Nicole Brand, both of Toronto, with the same 11 charges.
All of the suspects are scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Wednesday and the names of those under 18 cannot be released under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
Const. Caroline de Kloet said the 39-year-old female suspect also cannot be identified as it may compromise the identify of the minors.
She added that the raid was not part of a larger police investigation, but police had been at the house on a separate call before a search warrant was requested.
De Kloet would not specifically comment on the degree to which the youth were involved, but said all of the suspects were in the house where the weapons were found.
She added that all of the suspects were involved in the investigation and the subsequent charges were warranted.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).