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Toronto Police Announce Results of Project VWAP,
Four Men Arrested in Obstruction of Justice, Intimidation of a Justice System Participant, Breach of Publication Ban investigation involving Toronto-area Instagram accounts



Broadcast time: 12:20
Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
Unit: 43 Division
Phone: 416-808-4300

The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of the results of Project VWAP, an investigation into high-profile Instagram accounts from the Toronto area that posted recordings of online video conference court proceedings.

It is alleged that:

- on February 23, 2021, the Instagram accounts “thehood6ix” and “thewarinda6ix” posted images of a witness who had been testifying during a preliminary hearing being held via remote video conference

- on February 24, 2021, the Instagram accounts “straighouttathe6ixtv”, “thewarinda6ix”, “thehood6ix” and “keep6ixsolid” posted an audio recording of this same witness from the same remote video hearing

- these actions served to obstruct the course of justice and intimidate a justice system participant

- on those dates there was an order in effect by Justice David Porter restricting the publication of evidence heard at that hearing

On November 4, 2021, various units from the Toronto Police Service executed a number of search warrants at addresses in Toronto and Brampton, arresting the individuals that are alleged to have posted the content in question.

Kyle Stephens, 20, of Brampton, has been charged with:

1. Three counts of Intimidation of a Justice System Participant
2. Three counts of Obstruct Justice
3. Three counts of Fail to Comply with Section 539(1) Order

Mohammed Abdalla, 24, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1. Two counts of Intimidation of a Justice System Participant
2. Two counts of Obstruct Justice
3. Two counts of Fail to Comply with Section 539(1) Order

Ryan Taylor, 32, of Brampton, has been charged with:

1. Intimidation of a Justice System Participant
2. Obstruct Justice
3. Fail to Comply with Section 539(1) Order

Afrah Mohamed, 30, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1. Intimidation of a Justice System Participant
2. Obstruct Justice
3. Fail to Comply with Section 539(1) Order

During the execution of one of the search warrants, it is alleged that a firearm with a high-capacity magazine and ammunition was located.

As a result, Afrah Mohamed has also been charged with:

1. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
2. Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device
3. Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized
4. Possession of an Unloaded Firearm with Ammunition Readily Available

They are next scheduled to appear in court, at 1911 Eglinton Avenue, on December 14, 2021, at 10 a.m.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, 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 or Google Play.


For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.



Meaghan Gray, Corporate Communications