04/25/2012 12:57 EDT | Updated 06/25/2012 05:12 EDT

Police project targets west-end drug activity

Toronto police have laid charges against 22 people after an investigation targeting street-level drug activities west of downtown.

Police launched Project Redcup at the end of March, after complaints from residents about the activity of suspected drug dealers and users in eight neighbourhoods in Toronto's 14 Division:

- Queen Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue.

- Bloor Street West and Ossington Avenue.

- College Street and Spadina Avenue.

- Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue.

- King Street West and Strachan Avenue.

- King Street West and Dufferin Street.

- Queen Street West and Jameson Avenue.

- Queen Street West and Bathurst Street.

Police say the ongoing drug activities in these areas are a factor in robberies, assaults, break-and-enters and property-related offences that are occurring in 14 Division.

Over the course of the three-week investigation, police say they made 13 undercover drug purchases before making their arrests.

Twenty-two people now face a combined total of 59 charges.