A Hamilton man has been arrested after police found a gun and more than $10,000 in prescription narcotics in an east end home.

Officers were searching a Brampton Street home when the suspect in the investigation took off in his car. He was pulled over and officers found narcotics on him and in his car, police say.

Officers went back to the home to continue searching, and found a laundry list of prescription narcotics: oxycodone, hydromorphone, fentanyl patches, codeine pills, a “large quantity” of cash and a .22 calibre rifle.

Police Const. Debbie McGreal-Dinning told CBC Hamilton that the search and subsequent arrest aren't directly related to the more toxic batch of Hamilton that has caused police to issue multiple public safety warnings in recent weeks.

Police and public health officials recently sounded the alarm because of a new, more lethal kind of heroin on the streets — but they will not provide an actual number of deaths or overdoses that have happened as a result of it. Regional coroner Dr. Jack Stanborough has said his office is looking at three deaths as possibly related.

One source previously told CBC Hamilton that the more toxic heroin has been cut with fentanyl.

“Obviously we can’t say it’s connected,” McGreal-Dinning said. “But yes, Fentanyl was there [during the drug seizure] as well as other drugs.

A 54-year-old man was arrested and charged on various drug trafficking charges, as well as proceeds of crime over $5,000 and unauthorized possession of a firearm.