Hamilton police seize fentanyl, cocaine valued at $450,000; arrests made

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Published March 8, 2023 at 9:47 am

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The Hamilton Police Service made two arrests and laid 20 charges in a trafficking investigation. The drugs seized were valued at $450,000.

Multiple arrests were made, and more than 20 charges have been laid as part of a fentanyl and cocaine trafficking investigation by the Hamilton Police Service.

Police raided one residence and searched a pair of vehicles on Mar. 3, 2023.

“Members of the Major Drug Unit had been investigating a drug trafficking ring that was believed to be distributing fentanyl and cocaine throughout Hamilton,” issued the police service in a media release. “The investigation extended to areas all across South-Western Ontario.”

Police seized a large quantity of fentanyl, as well as cocaine, currency, a vehicle, and a handgun.

Officials believe the fentanyl is highly concentrated and could produce over two kilograms for distribution.

Hamilton Police provided the full list of seized evidence. It includes the following:

  • Glock handgun with a fully loaded magazine
  • Dozens of rounds of 9mm ammunition
  • Five high-capacity extended magazines loaded with ammunition
  • Four ounces of suspected highly concentrated fentanyl
  • Five ounces of crack cocaine
  • Mercedes motor vehicle
  • Bundled Canadian currency believed to be between $35,000 and $50,000 (still being processed)
  • Mobile devices
  • Scales
  • Drug production equipment
  • Cutting agents to add to drug production

The estimated street value of seized drugs is over $450,000.

Lual Ayom Ngong, 27, of Hamilton, has been charged with the following:

  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Six counts of Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Loaded prohibited firearm
  • Tamper with serial number of a firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • CDSA 5(2) fentanyl
  • CDSA 5(2) cocaine
  • Proceeds of crime over $5000
  • Three counts of Fail to comply probation
  • Possession of a firearm contrary to order

Lauren Thompson, 47, of Grimbsy, is charged with the following:

  • Careless storage of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Six counts of Possession of a prohibited weapon
  • Loaded prohibited firearm
  • Tamper with serial number of a firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • CDSA 5(2) fentanyl
  • CDSA 5(2) cocaine
  • Proceeds over $5000

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