Chris Herhalt, CP24.com
Posted Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:10 AM EST
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 December 2018 11:26 AM EST
The UMP and several GTA police officers said they had broken the pair of weapons smugglers who allegedly built 120 impenetrable pistols and sold them to 2500 dollars of criminal gangs.
OPP Supt. Brian McCillop said that since last year; GTA police services have noticed that they capture numerous guns that do not have serial numbers making it impossible to track.
Hand guns resemble a popular model, but lack the manufacturer's mark, which suggests they were made in secret.
"This is not something that requires a large production workshop or a large industrial production area," McCillop told reporters Tuesday.
Last week, after spending eight months in the investigation, officials from the entire CAA executed 39 investigatory orders involving nearly 400 police officers.
They claim to have captured 14 pistols, six long guns, including a PPS43 World War II pistol with the possibility of a fully automatic fire, a short attacked Galli gun, hand grenades, silencers and bulletproof vests.
They also found a few pounds of cocaine and some fentanyls. Four vehicles and one house were also confiscated as proceeds of crime.
A total of 23 people were arrested. Two of the suspects – Bruce McKinn, 47, and John Rasmussen, 29 – are accused of producing weapons.
"We have reason to believe that two of the main defendants have conspired to produce and traffic over 120 impenetrable pistols," McCillop said.
Together, they face 59 separate criminal charges. All indictees were detained in anticipation of hearings on guarantees.
Investigators have said gun parts are legally available for purchase in Canada, but putting them together to make a working semi-automatic pistol is a crime.
Since the weapons do not have a mark or serial number, they are designed for one purpose only – a crime.
The weapons were sold for about $ 2500, which is somewhat profitable on the black market.
Last month, CBSA and Toronto police officers told reporters that high-quality polymer-made guns smuggled by the US could bring up to $ 5,000.
"What we have succeeded in is that this group supplies weapons to people involved in street-crime crimes," McCillop said.