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43 arrested in year-long investigation targeting Dixon Bloods gang

TORONTO – Police from across Ontario conducted a series of early-morning raids in the Greater Toronto Area Thursday, including at an apartment complex at 320 Dixon Rd. in Rexdale.

Toronto police say more than 40 people have been arrested in Project Traveller which targeted the Dixon Bloods gang. It culminated in a series of raids in Toronto and Windsor on Thursday morning.

Police say 43 people have been arrested to date, including 19 people in Toronto and nine in Windsor during early morning raids on Thursday.

One of the largest raids occurred at several apartment buildings at Dixon Road, near Islington Avenue.

Two Toronto Star reporters claim they saw the alleged Mayor Rob Ford crack video in the parking lot of the apartment complex.

Around 100 heavily-armed officers raided several units in two apartment buildings at the Dixon Road address, near Kipling Avenue, at around 5 a.m.

Toronto police said around 30 warrants were executed in the GTA.

They have seized 40 firearms, more than $3-million in narcotics including cocaine, marijuana, hashish and crystal meth. They also seized $572,000 in cash.

Officers from Toronto police, York police, Barrie police, Windsor police, Ontario Provincial Police and the RCMP were involved in the raids.

Toronto police chief Bill Blair provided an update on Project Traveller on Thursday.

Here are the details from the press conference:

Mayor Ford’s response to raids

Speaking to reporters at City Hall later Thursday morning, Ford said didn’t know anything about the raids.

A crowd of media waited by the elevator outside the mayor’s office when he arrived at around 9:30 a.m.

“I know as much as you do right now. I just got into the car, came down here. Reporters [were] outside my house; I didn’t know what they were talking about until I got into my car. My cable was out all night,” Ford said.

Ford also said he had not spoken to the Chief Blair about the raids.

“Police do their work all the time. Police can’t come and call me all the time and say we’re doing this and that; they’ve got their business to do. It’s like me calling up the police and telling them what’s going on at council every day,” the mayor said.

Watch the scrum below:

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