Multiple people charged after police break up large gathering at social club

Dec 6 2020, 9:40 am

Toronto Police have charged multiple people after breaking up a large gathering at a social club in North York on Friday.

In a news release, police said that TPS officers and city bylaw officers executed a search warrant near Lawrence Avenue West and Marlee Avenue in the evening of December 4.

Police allege that 10 people and several gaming machines were located inside the social club.

According to the release, the individuals have all been charged with a part three summons under the Reopening Ontario Act, and 11 gaming machines have been seized.

The owner of the social club has been arrested and charged, police said.

Antonio Mazzei, 59, is facing facing several charges, including keeping common gaming or betting house, permitting use of place as gaming or betting house, and allowing a machine to be kept for gambling or betting.

Police have also charged Mazzei with having money or property for betting and gaming offence and possession of proceeds of a crime under $5,000.

He is scheduled to appear in court at the end of January, 2021.

On November 23, Ontario Premier Doug Ford placed Toronto in a lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Under the restrictions outlined in the Lockdown – Grey level of the province’s colour-coded framework, casinos, bingo halls, and other gaming establishments are closed. Indoor gatherings with anyone outside your immediate household are prohibited.

The measures will be in place until at least December 21.