Hamilton Police Seize Multiple Firearms

A Hamilton couple has been arrested after a traffic stop in the east end. The investigation began in the area of Barton Street East and Red Hill Valley Parkway and led to the seizure of several firearms.

On Saturday, September 19, 2020, Hamilton Police became involved in an investigation involving a vehicle that appeared to be disabled on Barton Street East. The occupants of the vehicle were found to be contravening the Liquor License Act and further investigation revealed they were in possession of several firearms as well as tools and parts involved in the manufacturing of firearms. The occupants were also in possession of ammunition and items believed to be explosive devices.

In light of the discovery, the parties were taken into custody and the Explosive Disposal Unit, a division of the Emergency Response Unit, was deployed to the area. A large radius surrounding the area of Barton Street East and the Red Hill Valley Parkway was locked down until the situation was rendered safe.

Ultimately, officers seized several firearms, ammunition and firearms-related parts as well as a small quantity of methamphetamine at the conclusion of the traffic stop.

The East End Criminal Investigation Branch, Gangs and Weapons Enforcement Unit and the Emergency Response Unit assisted with the investigation.

The arrested parties appeared at the John Sopinka Courthouse on Sunday, September 20, 2020.


  • Richard Vanderlubbe, male, 34-years-old from Hamilton
  • Kelsey McInerney, female 26-years-old from Hamilton

CHARGES (Jointly)

  • Possession of methamphetamine
  • 29 firearms-related offences, including but not limited to:
  • Possession of a firearm,
  • Careless storage of a firearm,
  • Occupying motor vehicle knowing that firearm was contained therein,
  • Possession of prohibited firearm.


  • BB gun
  • Various ammunition
  • Homemade Handgun X5
  • Pump-action shotgun
  • Bolt action rifle
  • Methamphetamine

Anyone with information that could assist Police with the investigation into this crime, you are asked to contact Detective Constable Paul Cottrill by calling 905-546-2955 or Detective Sergeant Ben Thibodeau by calling 905-546-2907.

To provide information anonymously call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamilton.com