A foot-soldier of the notorious Malvern Crew street gang whose members once plagued parts of Scarborough is being kicked out Canada for belonging to an
organized crime group.
Raoul Andre Burton, 27, of Toronto, was one of 65 suspected members of the
gang rounded up in May 2004 by Toronto Police in Project Impact
The operation dismantled the Malvern Crew whose members were feuding with rival Galloway Boyz over turf.
Burton was charged with nine offences and sentenced to eight-months in jail
along with a pre-sentence custody of 165 days.
Toronto Police gang experts said he was a loyal Malvern foot-soldier who was a “good money-earner” for the gang.
Officers of the Canada Border Services Agency have been trying for years to
deport Burton, who arrived here from Jamaica at age 10 and never obtained
Members of an Immigration and Refugee Board ruled in a decision released
this month that Burton is a member of organized crime and inadmissable to Canada.
“The rivalry with the Galloway Boyz resulted in violence and murder,” the
board said. “The Malvern Crew resorted to violence, extortion and
murder to prevent rivals, such as the Galloway Boyz, from invading their
Board member Ama Beecham said Burton was nabbed by police while arranging and
completing drug transactions in ounce quantities with six known members of
the Malvern Crew.
“He and others were discussing firearms and ammunition with
another Malvern Crew member,” Beecham said.
She said his convictions provide “prime evidence that he knowingly
participated in, and was personally implicated in, the criminal actions
involving the Malvern Crew.”
The board heard the Crew had a territory in the Malvern district of
Scarborough which they jealously guarded from the Galloway Boyz, who also
claimed parts of Scarborough as their territory.
“The Malvern Crew ... is simply a street gang that is territorial,” the
board said. “It is an organization which, whilst active, terrorized the community and had very little community support.”
No date has been set for Burton’s deportation from Canada.
He can appeal the decision to the Federal Court of Canada or to federal immigration officials.
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