$5M in drugs, rifles and handguns seized in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton


Published March 14, 2024 at 11:56 am

$5 million drugs, rifles and handguns mississauga brampton hamilton

Three men have been hit with drug and firearm charges after police say they found several firearms and drugs worth more than $5 million in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton raids.

The investigation started back in November when the Guelph Police Service said officers began looking into a group allegedly bringing guns and drugs into the community and across southern Ontario.

Police say the complex case led investigators to search three properties on Wednesday in Mississauga, Brampton and Hamilton respectively where police found what’s being called the largest fentanyl bust ever made by Guelph police.

In total police say 7 kilograms of methamphetamine, 3.5 kilograms of highly potent fentanyl and 5 kilograms of cocaine were all recovered in the raids along with six Glock handguns with multiple over-capacity magazines, including a 50-round drum magazine with ammunition, a Kelt-Tec AR Style rifle and ammunition and an SKS semi-automatic rifle with 150 rounds of ammunition.

The value of the fentanyl alone was approximately $4.7 million, while the seized cocaine and methamphetamine had an estimated street value of $680,000.

“This seizure is a testament to the dedication of our members and their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community”, said Guelph Police Chief Gord Cobey. “We will continue in our efforts to target those who endanger the safety of our citizens by trafficking these illegal weapons and substances in our community.”

Police arrested a 37-year-old Brampton man and a 68-year-old Mississauga man who are facing multiple firearms and drug offences, while a 33-year-old Hamilton man was also arrested and charged with several drug offences.

All of the accused were held for bail hearings, and police said the accused from Brampton “was also arrested for violating parole.”

Guelph police thanked the province and members of the York Regional Police Service, Hamilton Police Service and the OPP ROPE Team for their assistance in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation can contact the Guelph Police Service by calling (519) 824-1212. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.ontariocrimestoppers.ca.

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