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VVT (gang)

VVT
Founding locationRexdale, Toronto
TerritoryToronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit
EthnicityTamils
Criminal activitiesExtortion, arms trafficking, fraud, drug trafficking

VVT was a Tamil gang in Toronto[1] believed to be named after town of Valvettithurai in northern Sri Lanka.[2]

VVT was founded in the early 1990s by Tamil immigrants, and had a strong presence in the west end of Toronto (in particular in Etobicoke and certain areas in Old Toronto and East York) and was regarded as being very business savvy. The VVT were considered to be highly organized with members ranging in age from their early teenage years to men in their 30s, and with membership between 100 and 1000. In the mid 1990s to early 2000s, the VVT had an ongoing war with another powerful Tamil gang called the AK Kannan based out of Scarborough. There was a brief truce in 1998 after community members brokered a peace deal in a Richmond Hill Hindu temple; however, a murder a year later renewed the fighting. VVT is behind many murders in the 1990s.[citation needed]

VVT had multiple leaders who represent their respective territories throughout the GTA, Waterloo, Hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal and Detroit. Even after the deportation of some prominent members, authorities believe this gang is still in operation through its younger generation. Police alleged VVT members were involved in drug trafficking, fraud, weapons trafficking, counterfeiting, and extortion. The gang is now considered largely inactive.[citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Summers, Chris (25 May 2002). "Tamils preying on Tamils". BBC News Online. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  2. ^ "Police arrest 51 alleged gang members in Ontario". CTV.ca. October 19, 2001. Retrieved 2009-06-29.