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$1M of pot seized at Toronto pizzeria

  1. Euphoric
    $1M of pot seized at Toronto pizzeria

    A downtown Toronto pizzeria popular with university and high school students has been shut down after a police search uncovered a $1 million of marijuana on the premises.

    Police allege a 57-year-old man sold marijuana at Pizza Gigi, located at Harbord and Bathurst streets near Central Technical School and the University of Toronto campus.

    An early Monday raid of the eatery turned up marijuana, Oxycontin, Oxycocet, ecstasy, a small amount of crack cocaine and $8,000 in cash, police said in a release.

    The 57-year-old man faces one marijuana trafficking charge and 14 other drug possession charges. The Toronto Star reported he is the owner of Pizza Gigi.

    He was scheduled to appear in court Monday morning.

    Last Updated: Tuesday, February 15, 2011
    CBC News



  1. Motorhead
    Typical CBC reporting. The article suggests that the man was selling drugs directly to students out of his store, corrupting young intelligent Canadians. He obviously traffics in large amounts. The amount of drugs found lead me to believe he wasn't selling dime bags outa this joint!
  2. mickey_bee
    Swim would further that and say that a guy working in a pizzeria isn't going to be actively selling ANY amount of the pot. My guess is he was merely payed a nominal fee by a proper syndicate simply as an unsuspecting place for them to store their drugs. There's numerous cases of people on low incomes tempted into being utterly ripped off by being paid f**k all to take a high-risk storing a large quantity of drugs/weapons etc for highly organised gangs.

    My guess is this guy was hard-up, and this gang offered him a deal which someone who wasn't hard-up would refuse - hence why they targetted a lowly looking pizza joint and it's owner.

    Can't say for sure, but that would be my guess.
  3. Motorhead
    Good times as pizza joint returns

    Hallelujah - the Annex (and points west, such as our house) can eat again.

    Pizza Gigi, a fixture on Harbord Street since 1973, unceremoniously shuttered after a police raid on Feb. 13. Police arrested the founder and owner, Salvatore Crimi, 57, charging him with 15 counts, including possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and trafficking. A news release said, "police seized a quantity of marijuana, valued at $1-million, ½ ounce of crack cocaine, Oxycocet, Oxycontin, MDMA and $8,000 in cash."

    On Thursday, Mr. Crimi was back behind the counter, smiling, looking none the worse for wear.

    "The police, they made a mess," he said. "They break all the ceiling. They were looking for something. We decided we might as well renovate a little bit." So they put new drywall on the ceiling, repainted the walls and put in a new front door."

    After Gigi's closed I received an email from a worried mother on the parent council at Central Technical Institute, just across Harbord, concerned that the pizzeria was supplying something other than slices to their kids.

    "They blame everything on me," Mr. Crimi said. "I don't sell drugs to kids. I never sell drugs to kids. They are just bullsh--ing."

    I let that hang a bit and had to ask, "So do you sell drugs to anyone?"

    "I don't sell drugs at all." He declined further comment on the charges.

    On the first day of reopening, Gigi's was a bit quiet, so Mr. Crimi dug out a tall stack of old receipts, on which he had written their phone numbers, and began to call his clients to tell them the news. Some ordered pizza on the spot, he said. One woman sent a card back with the driver who delivered her pizza, now displayed at the shop. It reads: "Keep out of jail. Some people care. So happy! Lisa."

    Marlene, another customer, sent a purple orchid with a note: "To the Crimi family. Very best wishes and a new start."

    A professor at the University of Toronto told me, "There are very few things I know well. I think I know a good pie. I respect the superior craftsmanship."

    And I won smiles, too, when I appeared at home Thursday night with two medium pizzas. Everything is right in the world again.

    Peter Kuitenbrouwer
    National Post
    March 04, 2011
  4. Motorhead
    Status of Pizza Gigi in limbo under restraint order

    Accused of being a drug dealer, Toronto pizzeria proprietor Salvatore Crimi is still free to sell his hot, famously tasty slices from his landmark outlet in the heart of the university district, but the building itself is in the deep freeze: Under proceeds-of-crime legislation, police have obtained a restraint order prohibiting it from being sold or re-mortgaged.

    Mr. Crimi, 57, was arrested in February and slapped with 15 drug-related charges after police raided Pizza Gigi on Harbord Street, east of Bathurst Street, and allegedly discovered a $1-million smorgasbord of illicit drugs: Crack cocaine, Oxycocet, OxyContin, MDMA (ecstasy) and a large quantity of marijuana. Several thousand dollars in cash were also allegedly found.

    Mr. Crimi has denied all wrongdoing and his case remains before the courts. Until it’s dealt with, Pizza Gigi’s status remains in limbo under a restraint order issued by Superior Court on Tuesday night under authority of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

    “There’s been no decision with respect to exclusive possession, and certainly the order allows him to have access to the property,” said Detective Richard MacCheyne of the Toronto Police asset-forfeiture unit, working in tandem with investigators from 14 Division.

    But there was no sign of business during the Thursday lunch hour, usually a busy time. Pizza Gigi’s doors were locked and the telephone rang unanswered.

    Pizza Gigi is across the street from the Central Technical School, and has been serving pizza for more than 30 years. The restaurant’s interior was renovated after the charges were laid, and it has long had a loyal following with the university crowd.

    It has also been voted one of the city’s Top 5 pizza joints by readers of the weekly Now Magazine. After Mr. Crimi was charged, an ad hoc website was created in support of Pizza Gigi and a buzz of comment on Twitter lamented its owner’s legal troubles.

    The restraint order means police will be seeking forfeiture of the pizzeria if Mr. Crimi is convicted, on grounds that it is what is termed “offence-related property.”

    Many houses have been forfeited in this way because they contained marijuana grow-ops, but it is relatively unusual for commercial premises to be targeted.

    Timothy Appleby
    The Globe And Mail
    May 05, 2011
  5. Pain Hurts
    I live close by.
    .......... ya, I saw this place and if you google map it you will see a female crack addict in front. this is one of the huge things that set off peoples interest, a school across the street, family area, clean, and then you get these wacked out individuals hanging around ...

    same will happen when they start to hang around Buckingham palace.

    This guy was, and is HUGE!!! Just a small dent in the game.
  6. Pain Hurts
    sorry mickey but that is not correct. Good hypothesis, I would have come up with a similar one too* :cool:

    How do I know? .. I live here.

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