TORONTO: 9 arrested in alleged human trafficking operation

 Toronto police have arrested nine people and laid 61 charges in a multi-province investigation into an alleged human trafficking operation. There is a warrant outstanding for one further person.

From October 2014 to April 2015, the Sex Crimes Human Trafficking Enforcement Team were looking into a Toronto street gang called the Complex Crip Gangsters for what they believed to be a Canada-wide human trafficking network. Police called the investigation Project Guardian.

Police announce arrestsPolice announce the arrest of what they say are nine members of a Toronto street gang on Wednesday morning. (Shannon Martin/CBC)

Police say the accused would recruit women at dance clubs, schools and group homes and force them into sex work. They would also befriend women online, using Facebook and Instagram.

The victims involved ranged in age from 15 to 33 and were from Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta. The girls and women were forced to work and turn over the money they earned, and if they did not make enough money, they would be physically beaten and threatened, police say.

The police allege the women were being forced to service 10-15 clients a day.

Police say they identified four alleged victims during their investigation.

On April 2, the police raided dwellings in the area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue, and Kipling Avenue and Rexdale Boulevard to make the arrests. They also say they found stolen property, as well as drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and MDMA. As well, they gathered evidence related to hotels and motels.

The charges laid include human trafficking and drug-related counts, as well as obstructing a peace officer, possession of the proceeds of crime, and trafficking in persons under 18 years.

The accused are:

  • Marcus Cumsille, 21, of Toronto.
  • Joel Edwards, 22, of Toronto.
  • Tyronne Matthews, 20, of Toronto.
  • Felix Funes Vasquez, 19, of Toronto.
  • Shane Hendry, 18, of Toronto.
  • Symisha Murray, 19, of Toronto.
  • Abdulwahab Sheikh, 18, of Toronto.
  • Keron Christie, 32, of Toronto.
  • Chanelle Espinosa, 20, of Toronto.
Police have released some of the photos of the arrestedPolice have released some of the photos of the arrested. Clockwise from top left: Marcus Cumsille, 21, Joel Edwards, 22, Levi Alexander, 19, who has not yet been arrested, and Chanelle Espinosa, 20. (Toronto police)

Levi Alexander, 19, of Toronto, has not been apprehended and is wanted on an arrest warrant.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-7474.

Information can also be passed on anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

SURREY, B.C. :Mayor Linda Hepner delivers condolences to family of street-level drug dealer Arun Bains

Keven Drews, The Canadian Press
Published Monday, April 20, 2015 5:29PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 20, 2015 10:28PM EDT

SURREY, B.C. — The mayor of a Metro Vancouver city plagued by a gang war has implored those shooting at each other to stop before more people are killed, adding police will get the necessary resources to deal with the violence.

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner was flanked by the area’s top officers Monday as politicians and police presented a united front against the suspects behind 22 shootings since March 9 in that city and in neighbouring Delta.

The latest victim was shot a day earlier and identified Monday by provincial NDP Leader John Horgan as the nephew of Harry Bains, one of the party’s members of the legislature, whose riding is in Surrey.

Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, left, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, centre, and Assistant Commissioner Dan Malow address the recent spate of shootings in Surrey, B.C. at a news conference on Monday, April 20, 2015. (Keven Drews / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Condolences to the family of 22-year-old Arun Bains were the first thing Hepner delivered at the news conference.

“This has to stop before any more lives are lost,” she said. “I am imploring those that have been involved in these shootings to take a sober look at the grim reality of your action.

“While you may have been fortunate to escape any serious injury to date, what happened yesterday is a fate that can easily befall you.”

Police were called to reports of gunfire early Sunday and found Bains inside a vehicle that had crashed into a pole.

Mounties have said Bains was known to be connected to the street-level drug trade and became the first person to lose his life since the shootings began six weeks ago.

RCMP assistant commissioner Dan Malo said groups of individuals who want to violently take over profits from the drug trade and target vulnerable people are involved.

Marc Wabafiyebazu pleads not guilty to murder in Florida drug-related shootout

The Associated Press Posted: Apr 20, 2015 11:51 AM ET Last Updated: Apr 20, 2015 4:28 PM ET

The 15-year-old son of a Canadian diplomat has pleaded not guilty to murder charges in a Miami drug-related shootout that killed his older brother.

Marc Wabafiyebazu 20150408Marc Wabafiyebazu is the son of a Canadian diplomat who police say was involved in a drug-related shootout that killed his brother and another teenager. (Handout/Canadian Press)

The attorney for Marc Wabafiyebazu entered the plea Monday on his behalf to adult felony murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Wabafiyebazu waived his appearance in court. Circuit Judge Richard Hersch set a tentative July 20 trial date.

Wabafiyebazu is the son of Roxanne Dubé, the Canadian consul general in Miami. Her other son, Jean Wabafiyebazu, was fatally shot in the March 30 confrontation over a marijuana deal that also left 17-year-old Joshua Wright dead.

Two other young men also pleaded not guilty Monday in the case.

Police say the gunfire erupted after the Wabafiyebazu brothers tried to rob the drug dealers.

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, charged with first-degree murder in drug-related shootout

Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, indicted on first-degree murder charge

The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 15, 2015 2:02 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 15, 2015 5:08 PM ET

Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout.Marc Wabafiyebazu, the son of a Canadian diplomat , was charged with first-degree murder in what police say was a drug-related shootout. (Handout/Canadian Press)

 A Canadian diplomat’s teenage son accused of involvement in a drug-related shootout that killed his older brother in Florida has been charged with murder and will be tried as an adult.

A Miami-Dade County grand jury indicted 15-year-old Marc Wabafiyebazu on first-degree felony murder charges Wednesday.

Police believe Jean Wabafiyebazu, 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami, killed as he planned on robbing drug dealers

Canadian diplomat’s son killed in Miami; other son arrested


The Globe and Mail


Last updated 

The 17-year-old son of Canada’s consul-general in Miami is dead and his 15-year-old brother is under arrest following a daylight shooting at a Miami home on Monday, in what police believe is a drug deal that turned violent, with several victims.

The two teens are the sons of diplomat Roxanne Dubé and her ex-husband Germano Wabafiyebazu.

Miami police told the Miami Herald that Jean Wabafiyebazu was accompanied to a home in the Coral Way neighbourhood by his younger brother, Marc, 15. Germano Wabafiyebazu confirmed to Associated Press that the teens had borrowed their mother’s car, with diplomatic license plates, to drive to the house where the shooting took place.

Police believe the two brothers were armed and planned on robbing drug dealers at the residence, according to the Miami Herald.

What followed is still being investigated, but police believe it was a dispute over a drug transaction in which the older Wabafiyebazu brother was shot and killed inside the home.

EDMONTON: Raymanpreet Singh Uppal, brother of minister of state for multiculturalism, arrested in a drug bust

Cabinet minister’s brother arrested in drug bust

MP Tim Uppal, the minister of state for multiculturalism, says anyone convicted of drug crimes should ‘face the full force of the law.’

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Edmonton MP and minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal says he learned of his brother's arrest on drug charges through the media.


Edmonton MP and minister of state for multiculturalism Tim Uppal says he learned of his brother’s arrest on drug charges through the media.

By: The Canadian Press Published on Thu Dec 04 2014

EDMONTON — A junior federal cabinet minister’s brother has been arrested in a drug bust.

Tim Uppal, minister of state for multiculturalism, says he found out about his brother’s arrest through the media.

Uppal, who is the MP for Edmonton-Sherwood Park, also says that anyone found guilty of drug offences should — quote — “face the full force of the law.”