Hamilton cops seize $ 3 million in drugs in trafficking investigation

The 16 suspects are charged with a combined total of 213 offenses



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Hamilton Police have arrested 16 people and seized millions of drugs, as well as guns and money, following a three-month investigation.



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While executing search warrants at six Hamilton Mountain properties, officers seized more than $ 3 million in drugs and cash, as well as 35 firearms and thousands of cartridges in a trafficking investigation drug abuse and gun violence.



Dubbed Project Munro, the investigation removed a slew of guns from the streets – 35% of guns were either loaded or stored in an unsafe manner, police said. A number of guns have also been modified to improve performance.

In addition, three heavily plated high caliber bulletproof vests were also seized.

A total of 24 search warrants were executed and 16 suspects charged, facing a combined total of 213 offenses.

“Hamilton Police continue to relentlessly pursue offenders who engage in violence, drugs and guns in our community,” the cops said in a press release.

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Over the past year, Ontario police have seized tens of millions of dollars in plants and products from large-scale illicit cannabis cultivation and production sites across the province.

As the investigation is ongoing, no further information has been disclosed.

Meanwhile, Hamilton police have arrested three men on charges of guns and drugs following a traffic incident last weekend.

Just after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, police patrolling the area around Concession St. and Upper Gage spotted an erratically moving vehicle.

A vehicle immediately fled when police were sighted and it was found a few minutes later abandoned in the Upper Wellington St. and Limeridge RE area.

A loaded handgun and magazine were recovered from the vehicle, police said. Moments later, the three suspects in the vehicle were stopped a short distance away.

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Shola Sadiq, 26, of Brampton, charged with a number of firearms offenses, Possession over $ 5,000, Failure to Keep a Covenant, Dangerous Operation of a Vehicle and of a number of other charges.

Mohamed Fuad, 24, of Hamilton, is charged with a number of gun-related offenses, possession over $ 5,000, four counts of violating a court order and two counts of violation of probation.

A 17 year old boy from Scarborough is charged with a number of firearms offenses and possession over $ 5,000.

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