The Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional Police and York Regional Police have collaborated to address brazen illegal street racing activities occurring on the streets and highways of the Greater Toronto Area and beyond.
Project Drift stands for Dangerous Racing Investigative Focus Team. This team was created to support officers involved with the ongoing Eliminate Street Racing on Streets Everywhere (E.R.A.S.E.), program. The E.R.A.S.E. program is a joint forces operation that began in 1999, with a focus on both targeted enforcement and educational components for those who engage in illegal street racing.
The driving behaviours that were captured far exceeded the threshold of what constitutes a dangerous driving charge. Investigators were able to determine that those who involved themselves in these types of activities, were engaged in highly-organized and coordinated attacks on our roads, including taking over entire intersections and disrupting travel of other residents. Those involved with these groups are not car enthusiasts, and are responsible for dangerous disruptive vehicle manoeuvres including staged street races, drifting, stunting and other hazardous driving behaviours which often occur in the presence of large crowds.
During this project, members of the investigative focus team gathered information and evidence which culminated in the execution of several warrants and resulted in the arrests of the following individuals:
Jonathan Rooplal, a 25-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with: Dangerous Driving (aiding and abetting) x 2; Obstruct Person in Lawful Seizure; Cause Disturbance; and Dangerous Driving.
Tyler Kendall, a 29-year-old man from Brampton has been charged with: Dangerous Driving (aiding and abetting) x12; and Obstruct Peace Officer.
Mohamed Djebel-Ameli, a 22-year-old man from Richmond Hill has been charged with: Dangerous Driving (aiding and abetting) x4.
Torrell Campbell, a 22-year-old man from Barrie has been charged with: Dangerous Driving (aiding and abetting) x11.
Harmanjot Rehal, a 23-year-old man from Mississauga has been charged with: Dangerous Driving (aiding and abetting) x4.
Amidulla Baluch, a 21-year-old man from Toronto has been charged with: Drive While Prohibited; Fail to Comply with Recognizance; Breach of Probation; Possession of Property Obtained by Crime x2; and Breach of Probation Order.