Two charged in cocaine seizure
PETE FISHER Northumberland Today Port Hope Police Constable Nathan Clarke with approximately nine ounces of powdered cocaine, .44 Magnum handgun, bullet proof vest and a large amount of cash following a drug investigation on Saturday.
A drug arrest in downtown Port Hope on Saturday lead police to the largest seizure of powered cocaine in the history of the service.
Among the other items seized were a .44 Magnum handgun, cell phone, large amount of Canadian currency, scales, pressing equipment for the cocaine and a Kevlar vest (commonly known as a bullet proof vest), debt lists and approximately nine ounces of powdered cocaine.
The investigation began after police arrested a 25-year-old Oshawa man for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking in downtown Port Hope.
A short foot chase ensued near the Ganaraska River, just west of Ontario Street, and the suspect was quickly taken into custody.
Police seized a small amount of powdered cocaine from the individual.
From there, officers executed a search warrant at a Cavan Street address on Saturday evening and arrested a woman and seized a number of items in relation to illegal drugs.
Investigation revealed the handgun was stolen from a northern Ontario residence only a few weeks ago.
“The pistol is a very powerful handgun,” said Constable Nathan Clarke.
“The press is used to break down large quantities of cocaine before being distributed and the Kevlar vest is believed to be custom made for the individual.”
Clarke said the cocaine has a street value of $25,200 and is the largest seizure of its type in the history of the Port Hope Police Service.
“Port Hope seems to be especially vulnerable as it’s the midway point between Toronto and Montreal and that’s where a lot of people meet to move their drugs.”
As a result of the investigation, police have charged a 25-years-old man of no fixed address, and a 25-year-old Ajax woman. Both accused were held for a bail hearing.