Hamilton cop arrested in police raid targeting Toronto gang

TORONTO — A Hamilton police officer is among dozens of people arrested during a police operation targeting gangs and guns in Toronto.

Toronto police say they have dismantled the Monstarz gang, which operated in the city’s northwest and was allegedly involved in at least eight homicides.

Police say they have made 60 arrests and 45 people are currently facing 379 gun and drug-related charges.

Hamilton police officer Craig Ruthkowsky, 41, faces four charges, including breach of trust, conspiracy to traffic cocaine and two counts relating to organized crime.

More than 700 officers were involved in the police operation dubbed Project Pharaoh, which covered much of southwest Ontario.

Police say they have seized a significant amount of drugs, including cocaine, nearly $200,000 in cash and 15 vehicles.

The Canadian Press

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