Blair: Investigation was with guns & gangs as well as Windsor Police, OPP, Border Services, Peel, Halton and York police
Blair: Thanks police "for a job done safely"
Blair: Investigation was into group known as Dixon City Bloods or "Dixon Goonies."
Blair: Investigation began in June 2012, centered on trafficking on guns and drugs. Involved murder and attempted murder.
Blair: Group centred at apartment complex on Dixon but had affects around GTA
Dep. Chief Mark Saunders: Members of group try to control Dixon between Kipling and Islington. Has networks from Windsor to Edmonton. Crimes date back to 2006.
Saunders: 42 tactical teams from 17 agencies involved. Raids in Windsor and Toronto.
Saunders: Today alone: 19 people arrested in Toronto, 9 in Windsor. 43 to date have been arrested to date.
Saunders: More arrests anticipated. Seized: 40 firearms seized, over $3 million in narcotics, $572,000 in cash.
Blair: Neighbourhood street gangs have a devastating impact on communities. Dismantling these offenders/disrupting their networks, we make a difference.
Blair: In a follow up to today's raids, we will have officers in that neighbourhood to answer questions. We know raids are traumatic, in the dark of night, when doors are crashing down, we know how traumatic that can be.
Blair: We and the people of Toronto stand with them, against those who would terrorize their communities.
Blair: More than 70 per cent of crime guns are obtained via the United States.
Blair: Group targeted today allegedly involved in guns coming across Windsor boarder
Blair: We cut off that pipeline
Blair: It is only through the successful prosecution of these individuals that we can have a long term impact.
Blair: For that reason, we can't tell you about our methods or evidence seized.
Blair: All of the evidence will come out in court, where it belongs
Blair, asked if wiretaps implicated Ford, responds: Cannot discuss any evidence. It would jeopardize prosecution.
Blair: We have gathered evidence pertaining to murders and attempted murders. But the evidence, as it relates to those offense, must come out in court - not in press conferences.
Blair: My responsibility is clear here and it's to facilitate the prosecution of serious offenses.
Blair, asked about Ford, responds: You'll notice today I'm not speaking about ANY individual.
Blair: News conference scheduled for Friday at 10:#0
Blair: I'm not able to disclose evidence to you.
Question: Police usually have 'show and tell' after raids. Why not now? Blair: That information is more properly presented in court. This has been a lengthy and complex investigation.
Blair: We know that neighbourhood is filled with good people. They have been victimized and they have had to live in fear.
Blair: People in this city should not have to live with the threat of violence in their communities. They should not have to live with the fear that their sons or their children should be put in jeopardy by these people.
Question: was the mayor briefed this morning? Blair: Not by me.
Blair: Let me clear. These are crimes that are alleged.
Question: Was there a link to Anthony Smith? Blair: Link, if any, will come out in court.
Blair: It's not the role of the police to engage in hypotheticals or speculation.
Q: How many shootings/murders? Blair: We have some numbers - they will come out tomorrow
Blair: We are trying to get people to court today. We need to get them before a justice within 24 hours of their apprehension.
Blair: Leaks can place important investigations in jeopardy.
Blair: We are transitioning from investigative stage to prosecution stage
Question: Are you concerned officers could be covering for Ford? Blair: I would consider that unacceptable. Our responsibility is to deal with every citizen equally.
Question: Do you have plans to update mayor on these raids? Blair: I don't answer to mayor, I answer to police services board
Question: Earlier this month, police had said they were monitoring Ford video situation/reports. Is that still the case?
Blair: I said we are monitoring the situation in its totality. We were and we are.
Blair: As the chief of police, I am always concerned about anything of an evidentiary value and anything that might be connected to a crime.
Blair: We know in that photograph one of those young men lost his life in a very violent incident and another one was injured.
Blair: but I'm not going to be able to discuss with you whether it had any relevance to [today's raids]
Blair: One of the things we are doing is improving our outreach to Somalian community.
Blair: We have also had tremendous support from Somali community.
Question about smartphones and other digital devices. Blair: We may be able to say tomorrow if we've seized them, but we can't tell you what's on them.
Blair: The media's interest in this and even the public's interest in this does not change the law.
Blair: There have been murder charges laid in relation to Project Traveller. They were not laid today.