On September 2, 2015, the Halton Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit executed a search warrant at a residence on Homewood Drive in Burlington. Officers seized 5 pounds of marihuana, 29 grams of cannabis resin (hashish), 6 oxycodone pills, and $440 cash. As a result, Bradley YOUNG (49 years) was charged with trafficking marihuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. Mark NISBET (37 years) was charged possession of marihuana.
The Halton Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit arrested Brad MESSINGER (32 years) of Burlington for trafficking cocaine on August 27, 2015. Subsequent to the arrest, officers executed a search warrant at MESSINGER’s house resulting in the seizure of 28 grams of cocaine, 5 long guns with ammunition, 2 prohibited weapons, a small amount of marihuana, and $865 cash. MESSINGER was charged with trafficking cocaine, possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, and several firearms related offences. Also arrested during this investigation was Elijah TRNKA (20 years) for simple possession of cocaine.
On August 13th, 2015, the Halton Regional Police and Halton paramedics responded to Marlborough Court, in Oakville, for a male who overdosed after having smoked fentanyl with his friend. The male was rushed to the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital. Fortunately, the male’s condition improved quickly and was later discharged. Both males were charged by the police with possession of a controlled substance.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid, used for pain relief, that can be fatal if not administered properly. Fentanyl can be prescribed as a patch that is placed on the patient’s skin, which is slowly absorbed into the body over a period of time. People who use fentanyl recreationally will tear open the patches and smoke the fentanyl.
The Halton Police Drug, Gun & Gang Unit, is in the preliminary stages of implementing a ‘Patch 4 Patch’ program. Participating pharmacists would required individuals to surrender their used fentanyl patches in order to get their prescription renewed. This program would assist in reducing the amount of fentanyl being consumed recreationally in Halton. The Halton Regional Police hope to have this program up and running this fall.
Marihuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine are the top 3 drugs seized by the Halton Regional Police in first half of 2015. Also included at the top of the list are; cannabis resin (hashish), MDMA (ecstasy), and opioids. The most common opioids include oxycodone, fentanyl, and hydromorph contin.
The Halton Regional Police has several different investigative units actively targeting individuals responsible for the sale and distribution of these harmful drugs.
Drug believed to be moved along the same north-Pacific trade route as ecstasy
Tamsyn Burgmann The Canadian Press
Posted:Aug 06, 2015 5:15 PM PT
Last Updated:Aug 06, 2015 5:15 PM PT
The powerful opioid fentanyl, recently linked to an outbreak of overdose deaths in Western Canada, appears to be flowing along a well-worn drug trafficking route — killing some of its users in the same way tainted ecstasy did before.
Authorities theorize the potent painkiller is being imported from Asia to the West Coast, then moved to the black market in B.C. and Alberta by organized crime groups.
The Halton Regional Police Drug, Gun, & Gang Unit executed a search warrant on Baronwood Drive, Oakville. Officers seized 252 grams of marihuana and charged Adrian JOHN (28 years) with 2 counts of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking.