Two accused shooters in Hamilton arrested on drug charges


Published July 12, 2022 at 2:54 pm

Two shooting suspects in Hamilton are behind bars, while they and and a teenager face drug charges in relation to a robbery in the east end yesterday.

Hamilton Police say that the arrests of the trrio occurred after officers responded to a break-and-enter at a residence in the area of Barton St. E. and Gage Ave. N. on Monday afternoon. One of the arrestees was wanted on two separate warrants, and another was wanted for a shooting a month ago in Hess Village.

During the arrest on Monday, Hamilton Police found fentanyl and oxycodone, which are controlled substances that are at the root of the opioid epidemic. They also located and seized a stolen vehicle, $2,400 in cash and three guns: a sawed-off shotgun, a loaded .308 rifle, a loaded .22 rifle and more than 100 rounds of ammunition.

The charges announced Tuesday are in connection to the arrest, but not the shooting incidents.

“Additional charges are anticipated, pending further investigation,” Hamilton Police said on Tuesday.

Marques Griffith, 18, of Hamilton, has been charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, (oxycodone) and with obstructing a peace officer.

A previous police warrant named Griffith as a suspect in a shooting that occurred in the area of Main St. and Fairleigh Ave. S. on June 27. A woman who sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound made a positive identification of him as the suspect.

He was also wanted on a second warrant for two counts of assault with a weapon and possession of a firearm in relation to an incident on Barton St. E. and Melrose Ave. N. on June 23.

A 16-year-old boy is also charged with possession of a schedule 1 substance, (oxycodone) and with obstructing a peace officer. He cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Anyone who has information that could assist with this investigation may contact Det. Ross Johnson (905-546-3833). Information may also be shared anonymously through Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477, or

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