Drug investigation leads to arrest and gun seizure, Hamilton resident charged

Published March 4, 2021 at 3:50 pm

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) by the 3 District (Burlington) Street Crime Unit has seized a firearm as well as laid multiple charges in connection with a month-long drug investigation in Burlington.

Police say on March 3, 2021, 23-year-old Abakar Bechir from Hamilton was arrested at a hotel in Hamilton.

According to police, the following items were seized as a result of the investigation and a search warrant was executed at a residence in Hamilton.

The items seized were a Glock 26 Gen4 handgun, 6 rounds of ammunition in a 10 round capacity magazine, 45 grams of cocaine, approximately $35,000 CAN currency, one stun gun, four cell phones and two digital scales.

According to police, Bechir has been charged with trafficking a controlled substance (2 counts), possession for the purpose of trafficking (2 counts), unauthorized possession of firearm, defaced serial number, possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession in motor vehicle, possession of prohibited firearm with ammunition, careless storage, handling, transport of firearm, possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (firearm), possession of weapon for dangerous purpose (stun gun), unauthorized possession of prohibited weapon and possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.

Bechir was held for bail pending a court appearance, police say.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Detective Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4777 ext. 2342.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Photo: HRPS

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