Alleged Human Trafficker of the “Galloway Boys” Southern Ontario Gang Member Arrested

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) โ€“ย Appearing in a Thunder Bay bail court this morning is 25-year-old Anthony Omar Talbert (main photo). Talbert was arrested yesterday by the Thunder Bay Police Service for allegedly having a loaded handgun in a motor vehicle.

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Talbert has connections to a southern Ontario human trafficking ring, but we will get to that in a bit. Talbert is from Pickering Ontario with connections to Scarborough.

Her Worship, Justice of the Peace Jennifer Neill was presiding along with Crown Attorney Trevor Jukes and duty counsel lawyer Lianne Roberge.

A Thunder Bay Police Service officer made a traffic stop just after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2 on Fort William Road between 11th and Central Avenues after seeing a suspicious vehicle with its rear window covered in snow.

The driver did not have a licence, and upon further investigation the officer learned he was a suspended driver.

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Police later obtained and executed a search warrant on the vehicle and located a loaded handgun with the serial numbers scratched off and some loose ammunition. Police also seized nearly $8,500 in Canadian currency.

Multiple mobile phones and a digital scale were also observed inside the vehicle.

Further investigation revealed the arrested driver was connected with a Toronto gang.

Talbert has been charged with:

  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm โ€“ Licence
  • Tamper with Serial Number of Firearm
  • Possession of Firearm Knowing Serial Number Has Been Tampered With
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm in Motor Vehicle
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
  • Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Weapon
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm: With Ammunition
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Weapon
  • Careless Transportation: Firearm, Weapon, Restricted Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition
  • Prohibited or Restricted Firearm: With Ammunition

The Crown is seeking the detention of Talbert and refuses to consent to his release. There are concerns on both the secondary and tertiary grounds regarding his release. Secondary grounds tells us that the Crown believes that the accused may either become a public safety concern, re-offend, interfere with the administration of justice, or any combination of the three. Tertiary grounds tells us that the Crown believes that if the accused were to be released, the public may lose confidence in the administration of justice.

Talbert has contacted David Young as his lawyer of choice. Young has left instructions with both the Crown and duty counsel to have the matter remanded until Tuesday, January 8th to be spoken to.

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Talbert is escorted back to his jail cell at the Thunder Bay Police Service, where he will wait to be transported to the Thunder Bay District Jail.

HISTORY ON TALBERT

JUNE, 2014 โ€“ From the Toronto Police Service files.

Brian Mackenize, 22, turned himself in at 43 Division on June 7. He faces 13 charges, including trafficking of a person under the age of 18, possession of child pornography, forcible confinement and living on the avails of juvenile prostitution.

Brian Mckenzie

On June 8, Kamille Fraser was arrested by 41 Division officers during a routine traffic stop.

She has been charged with trafficking in persons under 18 by recruiting, material benefit resulting from trafficking in persons, procure to become a prostitute, living on avails of juvenile prostitution, exercise control and forcible confinement.

Warrants have been issued for 22-year-old Darren Letts and 19-year-old Jason Bartley.

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Darren Leets

โ€œWe are advising that they turn themselves into police because we are going to hunt them down,โ€ said Inspector Joanna Beaven-Desjardins. โ€œThey will be caught.โ€

One June 5, members of Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking investigators with assistance from the Gun and Gang Task Force, the ETF, TAVIS, 14, 43, 31 and 51 Divisions and Durham and Peel officers executed 11 search warrants during overnight raids.

They arrested Shanicka Providence, Tchello Whyte, Alexandra Abdellatif Alia, Anthony Talbert, Markus Cole and three young offenders who are facing 44 charges. Cole was released on bail on June 5 while the others made court appearances the following day.

Shanicka Providence
Alia Alexandra
Markus Cole

The accused range in age from 17-25.

At a press conference at police headquarters on June 6, Beaven-Desjardins said the investigation started last year after 43 Division officers discovered what appeared to be an alarming trend of girls, varying in age from 14-17, being forced into prostitution.

She said Project Dove was launched on March 24, 2014, and the investigation turned over to the human trafficking and enforcement team and sex crimes, working in conjunction with 43 Division members.

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โ€œItโ€™s alleged that the suspects involved in this investigation recruited these young girls, exploited them and forced them to work as prostitutes operating out of various hotel and motel locations across Toronto, Durham, Peel and Montreal,โ€ said Beaven-Desjardins.

She believes more young girls were exploited and is appealing to the public for assistance.

โ€œFamily members will reach out to us, because a lot of times their children are missing,โ€ she said.

โ€œOnce located and brought back to the family in a safe environment, they will feel comfortable to come and speak with us.

โ€œโ€ฆIt takes a lot of courage for a victim to come forward. They have been entrenched within this type of lifestyle and for them to actually come forward and speak to us about it is very hard.โ€

Beaven-Desjardins said a quantity of money, along with a vehicle used in the commission of the offence and evidence that supports the charges, were seized during the raids.

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6 Replies to “Alleged Human Trafficker of the “Galloway Boys” Southern Ontario Gang Member Arrested”

  1. You just know that Alia girl is off her rocker, freakin nutz.
    If those gangsters are hanging out with a light skin girl…you know she done some intense snip to get the respect of that crew.

  2. Well,well,well……..what a bunch of losers we have here.The Italians need to fix these ones a nice set of concrete shoes.LAKE SUPERIOR IS CALLING THEM.

  3. Do the crime do the time but why are the sentences so damn small. Bill c31 states that manditory sentences of 5-10yrs at a minimum.If these folks are more or less taking a life then thats what should be given in return.I stand firm with the law hunt these scum bags down.Be safe in doing so.

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