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Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Broadcast time: 11:35
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Organized Crime Enforcement
416-808-2500


In March 2018, the Toronto Police Service's Integrated Gun & Gang Task Force - Firearms Enforcement Unit and Intelligence Services started Project Belair.

The investigation took several months and was done in partnership with the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and the Canada Border Services Agency.

It is alleged that:

- individuals were involved in illicit handgun sales in Toronto and the GTA

- the guns were being smuggled into Canada and then sold illegally

On Wednesday, October 31, 2018 and Thursday, November 1, 2018, 13 search warrants were executed in Toronto, Peel Region and Durham Region.

Alan Cunningham, 52, of Brampton, was arrested and charged with:

1. Four counts of Traffic in Firearms
2. Four counts of Traffic in Ammunition
3. Three counts of Possession Proceeds of Crime
4. Conspiracy to Traffic Firearms
5. Two counts of PFTP Schedule II Substance – Marihuana

Colin Levy, 52, of Brampton, was arrested and charged with:

1. Possession prohibited loaded firearm while unauthorized
2. Careless Storage Firearm
3. Possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized
4. Possession firearm obtained by crime
5. Possession firearm knowing serial number has been removed
6. Two counts of PFTP Schedule II Substance
7. Traffic Schedule II Substance - Marihuana
8. Two counts of Possession Proceeds of Crime

William Datta, 41, of Ajax, was arrested and charged with:

1. Two counts of Traffic in Firearms
2. Two counts of Possess Firearm for the Purpose of Trafficking
3. Two counts of Possession Proceeds of Crime
4. Conspiracy to Traffic Firearms
5. Two counts of PFTP Schedule I Substance – crack cocaine
6. PFTP Schedule I Substance – powder cocaine


It is further alleged that:

- on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, a woman was crossing the border, using the Peace Bridge, in Fort Erie, Ontario

- she was stopped and 25 handguns were seized from the gas tank of her vehicle

Rima Mansour, 50, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1. Twenty-five counts of Importing illegal firearms
2. Possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized (1 count global)
3. Possession prohibited devices (over capacity magazines) (1 count global)


In total, investigators have seized:

- 30 firearms
- approximately 13 kilograms of marihuana
- 136 rounds of ammunition
- approximately 280 grams of cocaine
- approximately $45,000 in proceeds of crime


Alan Cunningham, 52, and William Datta, 41, appeared in bail court at Old City Hall on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. They were held in custody and will appear at Old City Hall on Thursday, November 8, 2018, room 111.

Colin Levy, 52, will appear in bail court at Old City Hall on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Rima Mansour, 50, appeared in bail court on Thursday, November 1, 2018. She was held in custody and will appear at 2201 Finch Avenue West on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 10 a.m.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications, for A/Superintendent Bryan Bott, Organized Crime Enforcement




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized - Hi Point 40 Calibre semi-automatic pistol
Above: Allegedly seized - Hi Point 40 Calibre semi-automatic pistol




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized - Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm semi-automatic pistol
Above: Allegedly seized - Bryco Arms Jennings 9mm semi-automatic pistol




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized - 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol and a 9mm Steyr Mannlicher semi-automatic pistol
Above: Allegedly seized - 9mm Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol and a 9mm Steyr Mannlicher semi-automatic pistol




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized during search warrant at Colin Levy, 52, address - Walther PPK-S 380 semi-automatic pistol
Above: Allegedly seized during search warrant at Colin Levy, 52, address - Walther PPK-S 380 semi-automatic pistol




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Gas tank access ports under rear seat
Above: Gas tank access ports under rear seat




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Gas tank dropped and opened revealing additional packaged firearms
Above: Gas tank dropped and opened revealing additional packaged firearms




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized
Above: Allegedly seized




Project Belair,
Cross-border firearms smuggling investigation



Allegedly seized firearms
Above: Allegedly seized firearms