St. Catharines man, 18, caught with drugs, firearms in Niagara Falls hotel

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Published December 7, 2021 at 4:15 pm

An 18-year-old man from St. Catharines definitely picked the wrong Niagara Falls hotel to check into.

Yesterday (December 6), the Niagara Police were at a hotel in the Ellen Avenue and Centre Street area of the city, checking into an unrelated robbery.

While there, they heard talk of a room with drugs and firearms so they knocked on the door.

Once they went into the room, they instantly found a Chiappa Little Badger .22 calibre break action rifle and 10 rounds of ammunition.

Arresting the man, they then found 26.8 grams of suspected blue Fentanyl, 5.1 grams of suspected Cocaine, six tablets of suspected Oxycontin and $1,990 in cash.

Ethan Tully MacNeil, 18, of St. Catharines has been charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, careless storage of a firearm, three counts of possession of narcotics, possession of crime cash and two violations of having a firearm while on probation.

He was held in custody for a video bail hearing today at the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 905-688-4111, extension 1022200.

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