On Thursday July 13th, 2017, just shortly after 6:00 am, members of the Hamilton Police Service Division 3 HEAT Unit executed two CDSA search warrants on Upper Ottawa Street on the Hamilton Mountain.
Members of the Division 3 HEAT Unit received information about suspected illegal drug trafficking in a busy residential neighbourhood and as a result of this information an investigation was initiated. On Thursday July 13th, 2017, the Division 3 HEAT Unit obtained several search warrants for an Upper Ottawa Street home and a motor vehicle.
The Division 3 HEAT Unit, along with other police resources including the Hamilton Police Emergency Response Unit, Hamilton Police Canine Unit, Uniform Patrol, and the Division 3 Crime Manager’s Office executed the search warrants.
The Hamilton Police arrested several individuals and seized a large quantity of cocaine, marihuana, “shatter” (cannabis resin product), prohibited brass knuckles, and other evidence consistent with drug trafficking and proceeds of crime from the sale of drugs as part of their ongoing investigation.
The following items were seized:
Over 10 pounds of processed and packaged marihuana with an estimated value of $50,000
$3495 in cash that was hidden inside
Over 4 ounces of cocaine (114g) with an estimated value of $11,400
125 individually packaged 1g cartons of “shatter” (cannabis resin product) with an estimated value of $1,125
Cocaine press, money counter, vacuum sealer, and evidence of “shatter” production
Other evidence including mobile phones, documentation, scales and packaging all consistent with illegal drug trafficking
Two people were charged and a warrant to arrest was applied for a third person. Joseph SOULES a 25 year old man from Hamilton Ontario was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking his was Bail opposed:
The following charges were laid as a result of this investigation:
CDSA 5(2) - Possession for the Purpose – Marihuana X3
CDSA 5(2) - Possession for the Purpose - Cocaine
CDSA 5(2) - Possession for the Purpose – Cannabis Resin (shatter)
CDSA 7(1) - Production – Cannabis Resin (shatter)
Proceeds of crime under $5000
Possession of Prohibited Weapon (brass knuckles)
Breach of Undertaking x2