Niagara human trafficking investigation leads to multiple arrests, drug charges

As a result of an investigation that began in August, one man has been charged with human trafficking related offences and two other men have been charged with drug-related offences.

Three men from Brampton face numerous charges related to human trafficking and drugs

Three Brampton men have been charged with human trafficking and drug-related offences as a result of an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service Special Investigative Services Morality Unit. (Francis Vachon/Canadian Press)

Three Brampton men have been charged with human trafficking and drug-related offences as a result of an investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Service Special Investigative Services Morality Unit. 

Last month, Niagara police ended an investigation into an allegation of human trafficking and as a result of that investigation, an arrest warrant was sought for a 20-year-old Brampton man.

On Tuesday, members of the Morality Unit watched the wanted man.

Police say he was a passenger in a car as it travelled along Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls. 

The car came to a stop in a restaurant parking lot and police approached the vehicle. 

According to police, the wanted man then ran from the parking lot but was arrested by police after a short chase.

Police say the subsequent investigation led to the arrest of two other men and the seizure of drugs.

The 20-year-old man is charged with the following offences:

  • Human Trafficking of Person Under 18 years
  • Financial Benefit of Person Under 18 years
  • Material Benefit from Sexual Services
  • Exercise Control of Person Under 18 years
  • Advertise a Person's Sexual Services 
  • Utter Threats
  • Forcible Confinement
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Heroin
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking MDMA
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000
  • Breach of Probation

19-year-old Brampton man is charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Heroin
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking MDMA
  • Breach of Recognizance

21-year-old Brampton man  is charged with the following offences:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Heroin
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking MDMA
  • Possession of Proceeds of Crime Under $5000

All three accused were held for a bail hearing that will take place today at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines