TORONTO ó Six men are accused of running an illegal online gambling operation after officers raided a massive "invitation only" Super Bowl party north of the city Sunday night.
The Mounties say some 400 officers from various police services simultaneously executed search warrants shortly after kickoff at Le Parc Banquet Hall in Markham and nine other locations connected to the accused.
"We have also restrained the Platinum Sports website, which is an offshore Internet-based website allegedly run by this criminal group with ties to organized crime," RCMP Acting Supt. Keith Finn said during a press conference Monday in nearby Aurora.
He said police have been investigating Platinum Sports for several years.
About 2,300 people were at the banquet hall, which was allegedly being used as a huge illegal gaming house.
Members of traditional organized crime groups as well as outlaw motorcycle clubs, including the Hells Angels, were allegedly among those in attendance.