Police seized nearly $50,000 worth of cocaine during a bust in Hamilton's east end Wednesday.
It started in Toronto, when Hamilton police officers arrested a 41-year-old Hamilton man and a 35-year-old Toronto man on drug-related charges. Officers found cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash in a search there.
The investigation continued back in Hamilton when a search warrant was executed at an apartment building on Quigley Road near Greenhill Avenue. When officers searched the unit, they found almost $49,000 in cocaine, drug paraphernalia and marijuana, police said.
Officers smelled a strong chemical odour inside the unit and called in both Hazmat and the Hamilton Fire Department. A large amount of industrial cleaner and a five-gallon pail of Acetone and Hydrochloric Acid was found and removed.
Police said there are no more safety concerns inside the building.
The 41-year-old Hamilton man was charged with two counts of possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, production of cocaine, possession of marijuana and proceeds of crime under $5,000.
The 35-year-old Toronto man was charged with proceeds of crime under $5,000 and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.