The Globe and Mail – March 4, 2016
Fentanyl and oxycodone may be getting the headlines, but the use of cheap and available speed is soaring. Read more http://bit.ly/1X1DMJs
Marihuana continues to be the main controlled substance seized by the Halton Regional Police. Cocaine is once again the second most common drug seized in Halton. There has been an increased in prescription drugs, including opioids and benzodiazapines. Crystal methamphetamine seizures are a concern as the Halton Police Drug Unit continues to see an increase throughout the region.
Ontario’s top police leaders are teaming up with community partners and families whose loved ones have died from Fentanyl-related deaths to make available an Ontario-specific, web-based source of information on the dangers associated with the use and abuse of this extremely potent painkiller.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) unveiled a new website, www.facethefentanyl.ca, at a news conference at Toronto’s Humber College. The website concept and public education posters, developed by Humber College’s AdCentre, are now available to Ontario police services, public health units, and other community groups who want to stop Fentanyl-related deaths in Ontario.
“Between 2010 and 2014, Fentanyl was a factor in 577 deaths in Ontario. Police services across Ontario cannot stand by while our sons and daughters, our friends, and the people we serve die from the use and abuse of this drug.” said OACP President Chief Jeff McGuire.
In 2014 alone (the last year for full annual numbers), there were 152 Fentanyl-related deaths in the Province of Ontario.
Fentanyl can be obtained legally in Ontario through prescriptions and is usually prescribed for the treatment of acute pain. It is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 40 times more than heroin. The new website features information and resources for users and anyone who is concerned about a loved one’s use and/or abuse of Fentanyl. The website and other resources are also available to public health units and other health care and social services professionals.
“The death of my daughter Tina in 2012 because of Fentanyl has devastated and changed my family,” said Tina’s mom Sherrie Dolks. “I don’t want anyone else to have to go through the pain that my daughter’s death caused for her family and friends.”
Dolks is an advocate for families of Fentanyl victims and has a Facebook page, Gone Too Soon – The Dangers of Fentanyl, dedicated to raising public awareness and support for people impacted by a Fentanyl-related death.
In November 2015, the OACP released a resource document for establishing Patch 4 Patch Fentanyl Abuse Prevention programs. Subsequently, the Ontario legislature passed the Safeguarding Our Communities Act (Fentanyl Patch for Patch Return Policy), which established a provincial policy whereby individuals who are prescribed Fentanyl in transdermal patches must return all of their patches before being given new ones.
Hamilton Spectator – March 15, 2016
Halton police are warning the public about a deadly bootleg painkiller that has come across their radar.
While the police service has not encountered it yet themselves, they say W18 — a drug formula that Sgt. Brad Murray says was invented long ago but never actually manufactured — has been popping up in other jurisdictions.
“Someone got a hold of that formula,” Murray explained.
He says it has been reportedly found in pill form, marketed as Fentanyl or fake OxyContin. A single dose of Fentanyl can be deadly, Murray says — and W18 is 100 times more potent.
On February 11, 2016, the Halton Police Drug Gun & Gang Unit executed a search warrant at a residence located on Fourth Line in Milton. While searching the garage, officers located 2 pistols, a loaded revolver, ammunition, a prohibited weapon (butterfly knife), and a small amount of marihuana.
St. Aubyn WILSON (34 years) was arrested and charged with a variety of weapon related offences and possession of a controlled substance. Members of the public are encourage to report all drug and weapon related criminal activity at Halton Crime Stoppers or by calling the Halton Police Drug Gun & Gang Unit 905-825-4747 ext: 8732.
On January 21, 2015, the Drug, Gun & Gang Unit arrested Marcus YOUNG (28 years) of Hamilton who was trafficking in Burlington and Oakville. The Drug, Gun & Gang Unit executed a search warrant at YOUNG’s residence resulting in the seizure of the following items:
YOUNG was subsequently charged with trafficking cocaine, 4 counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a controlled substance (marihuana).
Adam ZIOLKOWSKI (27 years) of Burlington was also charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) as part of this investigation.
The Halton Regional Police Human Trafficking & Vice Unit has arrested Troy Terrance Taylor (21 years) of Burlington, for several human trafficking offences. The investigation revealed that TAYLOR had been trafficking the girl for a prolonged period of time.
In August 2015, Bradley Messinger ( 32 years) of Burlington, was arrested for trafficking cocaine. Members of the Drug, Gun & Gang Unit executed a search warrant at his residence resulting in the seizure of 28 grams of cocaine, a small amount of marihuana, 5 long guns, ammunition, and 2 prohibited weapons. As a result of this search, Bradley Messinger was charged with multiple drug trafficking and firearm related charges.
A police analysis of the information collected subsequent to his arrest, resulted in the discovery of multiple messages exchange between Bradley Messinger and his mother Eva Messinger. The messages provided evidence to the police indicating Eva Messinger was directly involved in her son’s drug trafficking operation. As a result, Eva Messinger was arrested on December 4, 2015, and charged with trafficking a controlled substance and several firearms related offences.
On November 2, 2015, the Halton Regional Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit concluded an investigation regarding the importation of heroin into Canada, more specifically, into Halton.
In October 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted a package into the country containing heroin which originated from Uganda. The package was destined for a private mailbox at a retail shipping store in the Town of Oakville. The Canada Border Services Agency notified the Halton Police who began monitoring the package.
On November 2, 2015, two Brampton men, Jordan JONES and Rogan THOMAS, attended the Oakville retail shipping store and retrieved the package. Both men were arrested and a search warrant was executed at Jordan JONES’ residence resulting in the seizure of electronic devices.
Rohan THOMAS, 19 years from Brampton has been charged with:
Uttering a forged document
Use a counterfeit mark
Jordan JONES, 27 years from Brampton has been charged with:
Possession for the purpose of trafficking heroin
Both men were held in custody pending a bail hearing schedule for November 3, 2015, at the Milton courthouse.
Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Drug, Gun and Gang Unit at 905 825-4747 ext 8732 or anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).