Toronto Police seized 180 guns, dozens of prohibited devices and thousands of rounds of ammunition from a senior citizen’s apartment in the Eglinton Avenue and Birchmount Avenue area on Feb. 13.
A 40-year-old Toronto man, Chuan Liang, is facing seven charges, including two counts of importing and exporting a prohibited device and possession of prohibited devices for the purpose of trafficking.
After Liang’s court appearance in Feb. 14, Det. Sergeant David Bishop of the Organized Crime Enforcement unit said that no new updates have been made in the investigation.
The apartment at 120 Townhaven Place is considered Toronto community housing.
“Toronto community housing is committed to public safety and [we] look to and work with police to handle criminal investigations,” Kyle Rooks, spokesperson for Toronto community housing, said.
He refrained to comment any further, as it is an ongoing investigation with police.
Rooks explained tenants are entitled to privacy. Staff members only enter homes for maintenance work and must provide 24 hours notice.
“We have regular building meetings and it enhances community safety,” Rooks added. “Tenant engagement is a great way to encourage community safety.”
The seizure of the guns is coming on the heels of an interception made by the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) on Feb. 9. Liang was attempting to bring in three rifle-style guns into Canada.
“Coordinated efforts like this contribute to community safety, and speak to the importance of enforcement partnerships,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General for the CBSA for the GTA.