Gang responsible for hijacking trucks

| Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Ontario Police claim they've taken down the group responsible for stealing truckloads of items ranging from diapers to satellite dishes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

The criminal ring, whose ranks include members of the internationally powerful Bandidos outlaw biker gang, was involved in theft and distribution of a massive amount of truck cargo, the Toronto Star reported.

Gang members reportedly would hijack tractor-trailers without knowledge of what the loads contained until they opened them. The group reportedly had a complete distribution network to repackage and market products they stole.

"It was very organized," a police spokeswoman told the newspaper, noting that stolen property was stored in warehouses. "They were very aware of all of the trucking companies in the GTA."

After two waves of arrests this summer, about 150 charges were brought against 27 people, including several charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

The Bandidos club reportedly has about 35 members in Ontario. The police operation was dubbed "Project Wolf," because the group is believed to have a wolf as a mascot.

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