An illegal gun pipeline from Houston to Toronto has officials on both sides of the border alarmed.
Canadian police seized almost 40 deadly weapons, including an AK-47, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash late last week in what police are calling the biggest gang raid ever in the country. The raid took place on an Indian reservation outside of Toronto, only a few hours from the U.S. border.
According to authorities, the guns came from Houston, Texas in what they call a cross-border gun pipeline. Last year border officials seized 180 guns, but it’s estimated that over $1 billion of contraband, including guns and drugs, are smuggled across the border through these reservations every year. The result has been an increase in violent crime, particularly gang warfare, in major cities like Toronto and Montreal.
Guns and drugs aren’t the only American imports to Canada. The gang that was raided, the Jamestown Crew, is affiliated with the well-known American Crips street gang. And like their American counterparts, members participate in hip-hop street DVDs glorifying gang violence.