Hamilton

3 charged after police seize handgun, $12K in drugs from after-hours bar

Hamilton police say they've charged three people after seizing a handgun, cash and $12,000 in drugs from an after-hours bar. 

Charges include trafficking fentanyl and cocaine

Hamilton police say they seized around $12,000 in illicit drugs and a handgun from an after-hours bar. (Hamilton Police Service)

Hamilton police say they've charged three people after seizing a handgun, cash and $12,000 in drugs from an after-hours bar. 

Hamilton police were notified about a possible "after-hours liquor establishment" in November 2020 around Barton Street East and Victoria Avenue North, according to a media release. 

Police said concerns were raised about the establishment being a source of "nefarious activity" within the community. 

Detectives reviewed the practices of the after-hours bar. Police said the information gathered supported the existence of criminal activity, which included drug trafficking. 

Officers said they were granted permission on Jan. 13 to search the building. Police said they seized illicit drugs, including crack cocaine and fentanyl, which they estimated at a street value of $12,000.

Police also seized an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and a loaded 9mm Arcus handgun. 

Three Hamilton men — aged 36, 31 and 48 — have been charged. Charges include trafficking fentanyl and cocaine, and various firearm offences. 

They appeared in court on Jan. 14. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Sgt. Jason Cattle at 905-546-3887 or Crime Stoppers. 

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