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$110,720 in Illegal Narcotics Seized in Brantford Police Services Project Katoomba

Jan 31, 2024

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Project Katoomba, a multi-jurisdictional investigation led by the Brantford Police Services High Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), arrested a Toronto man for trafficking controlled substances in the City of Brantford and throughout Southwestern Ontario. 

Led by the Brantford Police Service, with assistance from Chatham-Kent Police Service, Project Katoomba was a drug investigation initiated in November 2023, which focused on the distribution of large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine within Southwestern Ontario.

On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, members of the Brantford Police Service High Enforcement Action Team located and arrested the accused man at a North York location.

Members of the Brantford Police Service Emergency Services Team, K-9 Unit, Identification Unit and the Tactical Intelligence Generating Enforcement and Response Unit (TIGER) provided valuable assistance with the investigation.

Subsequently, police received judicial authorization to search the accused’s vehicle, along with a residence in Paris, and a residence in North York.

The following items were seized as a result of the search warrants:
  • Approximately 186.4 grams of suspected fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $37,280
  • Approximately 476.8 grams of suspected methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $47,680
  • Approximately 257.6 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $25,760
  • Drug packaging materials
  • Canadian currency
  • Various items utilized in drug production including cutting agents, scales, and a hydraulic press
 
Image of evidence 

As a result of the investigation, and subsequent searches, police seized $117, 720 worth of illegal substances and a 32-year-old man from North York, stands charged with the following violations of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:
 
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Fentanyl
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Methamphetamine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking - Cocaine


The accused was held for bail.

Project Katoomba will improve the safety of our communities by reducing the presence of, and violence surrounding the trade of illegal substances. The success of this project can be attributed to the collaboration of policing partners and agencies, including assistance from the Chatham-Kent Police Service and the Toronto Police Service.

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BPS arrest 32-year-old Brantford man, seize $971,297 in illicit drugs

Jan 30, 2024

24-3250

Members of the Brantford Police Service Tactical Intelligence Generated Enforcement and Response Unit (TIGER), with the assistance of the Brantford Police Service High Enforcement Action Team (HEAT), launched a drug investigation in January 2024 to target drug trafficking in the City of Brantford.

As a result of the investigation, on Friday, January 26, 2024, with the assistance of the Brantford Police Services Emergency Response Team, four Controlled Drugs and Substances Act warrants were granted and executed at locations within the City of Brantford: Grand River Avenue, Henry Street, Colborne Street West, and a vehicle.

Following the operation, the following items were seized:  
  • Approximately 972.4 grams of suspected cocaine, with an estimated street value of $97,240
  • Approximately 516 grams of suspected MDMA (Ecstasy), with an estimated street value of $10,330
  • Approximately 452.7 grams of suspected psilocybin, with an estimated street value of $4,527
  • Approximately 6,498 grams of suspected hashish, with an estimated street value of $129,960
  • Approximately 72.72 kilograms of dried cannabis, with an estimated street value of $727,000
  • Approximately 450 packages of cannabis oil, with an estimated street value of $2,250
  • Packaging materials, digital scale
  • Stun gun
  • Canadian currency

The total estimated street value of the seized illicit drugs is $971,297.

As a result of the investigation, a 32-year-old male resident of Brantford, stands charged with the following Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and Criminal Code and Cannabis Act violations:
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking x3
  • Possession of a prohibited device
  • Possession for the purpose of distribution
 
The accused was held for bail.

Anyone that would like to report criminal activity within the community is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Anonymous information can be provided by contacting Brant- Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477. Alternatively, a web tip may be submitted at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 

CRIME BRIEF: January 24, 2024

Jan 24, 2024

Type:                 Impaired
Incident:          24-2714
Location:         Dunsdon Street

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, at approximately 11:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service responded to a single motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Dunsdon Street and Wayne Gretzky Parkway. Initial information indicated a motor vehicle had gone out of control and hit a streetlight. 

Officers arrived on scene and, when speaking with the driver of the vehicle, observed signs of impairment.

The accused was transported to provide samples of breath as required by law. Both samples provided were over twice the legal limit.

As a result, a 59-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Operation While Impaired-Alcohol 
  • Operation While Impaired-Blood Alcohol Concentration 

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended, and the vehicle impounded.


Type:                 Break and Enter
Incident:          24-2692
Location:         Brock Street

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service attended a Brock Street residence after receiving a report of a break and enter. 

Officers arrived on scene and observed signs of forced entry. Damage to wires and cables within the residence was evident and appeared to be the cause of a gas leak which posed a hazard for local residents.

The Brantford Fire Department was contacted and attended regarding the gas leak.

The accused was located hiding within the building and arrested by police.

As a result, a 51-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Break, Enter Dwelling House - Commit Indictable Offence
  • Mischief Under $5,000
  • Mischief Endangering Life 
 


Type:                 Impaired
Incident:          24-2602
Location:         Memorial Drive

On Friday, January 19, 2024, at approximately 11:55 p.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a vehicle which had been reported as stolen from a neighbouring jurisdiction. The vehicle was observed at the intersection of North Park Street and Memorial Drive.

Officers initiated a traffic stop, at which time the accused failed to comply with orders. The accused attempted to pull forward almost striking a police cruiser, then proceeded to reverse, hitting a second police cruiser. 

The accused was removed from the motor vehicle and arrested. Signs of impairment were observed by officers. 

The accused was required to perform a drug recognition exam, where it was determined he was under the influence of drugs. 

Information received indicated the accused was in violation of two valid probation orders.

As a result, a 21-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code and Highway Traffic Act violations: 
  • Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent 
  • Operation While Impaired - Alcohol and Drugs 
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order 
  • Fail to Comply with Probation Order 
  • Careless driving 

Additionally, the driver’s licence of the accused was suspended.


Type:                 Stunt Driving
Incident:          24-2392
Location:         King George Road 

Officers with the Brantford Police Service Traffic Unit who were performing proactive speed enforcement on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at approximately 1:45 p.m., charged a 26-year-old male, non-resident of Brantford who was recorded travelling 114 km/hr in a posted 60 km/hr zone at King George Road near Powerline Road.

The accused was charged with fail to surrender licence, speeding and stunt driving, with the vehicle being impounded and licence suspended.

SIU invokes mandate after officer discharges weapon during flight from police

Jan 12, 2024

Inc. 24-01566

On Friday, January 12, 2024, at approximately 3:30 a.m., patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service observed a suspicious vehicle in gas station parking lot located at Fairview Drive and West Street.

The vehicle was occupied by a lone male. When officers approached the vehicle to speak with the driver, there was an interaction and an officer on scene discharged his firearm.

The male fled the scene in his vehicle.  Officers quickly located and arrested the accused at a Roy Boulevard location. 

No injuries to the public or police occurred as a result of the incident.

The accused, a 43-year-old male non-resident of Branford was arrested. Charges have not yet been laid.

As an officer’s firearm was discharged at a person, as required by law, Brantford Police Service have notified the province’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate. As such, Brantford Police Service will be unable to provide further information or comment related to the incident.

Any further inquiries may be directed to SIU communications at: Kristy.Denette@ontario.ca 


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Brantford police seek to identify robbery suspect

Jan 12, 2024

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Brantford police are investigating the robbery of a retail business and are seeking information from the public to help identify the suspect.

On Thursday, January 11, 2024, at approximately 6:40 A.M., members of the Brantford Police Service responded to a report of an armed robbery of a commercial business located at Colborne Street West near Oak Street.

Information was received to indicate the suspect entered the business where he brandished a knife, threatened the store employee, demanding cash. The suspect obtained an unknown quantity of cash and fled the scene on foot.

Brantford police K-9 unit attended to assist with the search for the suspect.

 suspect photo

Suspect Description:
Male, white, in his 30’s, wearing a black hoody, blue pants, black gloves with grey stripes, and a black mask over his face.

Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-7050. Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/


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BPS strategic public safety efforts see zero homicides in 2023

Jan 10, 2024

While gun violence and the impact of organized crime continues to challenge police services throughout Ontario, the Brantford Police Service concluded 2023 with zero homicides. 

Homicide investigations are complex and require significant resources. The Brantford Police Service last experienced a homicide rate of zero in 2015: 

 chart

In 2022, BPS launched a specialized unit, the Tactical Intelligence Generated Response and Enforcement Unit (T.I.G.E.R) and, in 2023 the High Enforcement Action Team (H.E.A.T) was established to ensure we are working efficiently to combat gun and gang related violence, drug production and distribution, and related negative community safety impacts within the City of Brantford.

A stratified approach to public safety, as advocated by the Brantford Police Service, has been implemented and is proving to be immensely successful. This approach includes organized community mobilization, private security, proactive by-law enforcement, Special Constables and regular Police Constables to address the public safety needs of the community. Chief Davis noted, "I want to thank Mayor Davis and the Police Board that supported the vision.”

These initiatives, along with a disciplined approach to front-line policing, are realizing positive impacts for the safety of Brantford city-wide. 
  
The Brantford Police Service is thoroughly committed to working with our government and community partners to meet the public’s safety and wellness needs based on evidence, research, and partnerships.

Innovative programs and partnerships have been implemented in an effort to improve safety and pro-actively decrease crime rates. Brantford Police Service is focused to maintain and improve cost-effectiveness and efficiency when it comes to maximizing the public’s investment in police services. We are committed to deliver the community safety services that residents of Brantford want and expect.

"The Brantford Police Service is thoroughly committed to modernizing and enhancing the public safety service we provide to our local community. We strive to continually improve collaboration and teamwork between law enforcement agencies to keep our community safe. I extend my gratitude and appreciation to the dedicated police officers and civilian staff who work tirelessly to meet the needs of our growing community.” Rob Davis, Chief of Police.
 

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Graduated licence drivers not following the rules

Jan 4, 2024

During the last month, multiple drivers who are bound by the restrictions of a Graduated (G2) Driver’s Licence have been stopped by Brantford Police Service traffic patrol officers while conducting speed enforcement on Brantford roadways.

All of the violations occurred in zones where the posted speed limit is either 40 or 50 km/hr.

As required by law, as part of the administrative suspension penalty for the offence of stunt driving, the vehicles were seized and held for 14 days. The accused have also been issued a 30-day administrative drivers license suspension.
 
 chart of stunt driving charges
 
What is stunt driving?
  • Driving 40 km/hr or more over the speed limit on roads with a speed limit less than 80 km/hr
  • Driving 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit
  • Driving 150 km/hr or more anywhere in the province – including sections of freeways with limits of 110 km/hr
  • Driving in a way that prevents other vehicles from passing or intentionally cutting off another vehicle
  • Intentionally driving too close to another vehicle, pedestrian, or fixed object
  • Driving in a manner to intentionally cause a vehicle to spin/turn in circles

Penalties for stunt driving

Effective April 1, 2022, under the Highway Traffic Act, the Ontario government increased penalties for those caught stunt driving.

Drivers who are convicted of stunt driving in the province of Ontario must complete a driver improvement course within 60 days of conviction, or their licence will be cancelled.

Anyone caught driving 40 km/hr or more above the speed limit, where the speed limit is set at less than 80 km/hr, will face stunt driving charges.

In areas where the speed limit is above 80 km/h, a motorist will face stunt driving charges if travelling more than 50 km/hr above the limit.

Drivers also face a 30-day roadside driver’s licence suspension, and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.

The maximum fine for stunt driving in Ontario is $10,000. Convicted drivers could also face up to six months in prison.


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Traffic Stops Result in Arrests, Seizure of Weapons, and Illegal Drugs

Jan 4, 2024

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During two separate traffic stops on January 3, 2024, patrol officers with the Brantford Police Service seized multiple firearms, illegal drugs, and arrested two men.

On Sunday, January 3, 2024, at approximately 1:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service conducted a traffic stop after observing a suspicious motor vehicle in the area of Colborne Street and Park Avenue.

The driver of the vehicle was identified, and information was received to indicate he was currently wanted by the Brantford Police Service on a valid warrant.

As a result, the accused was subsequently placed under arrest. 

During the arrest, an officer observed a single bullet, in plain view, in the vehicle.

Search incident to arrest of the motor vehicle located the following:
  • A loaded .45 calibre firearm 
  • Approximately 19.4 grams of suspected Fentanyl with an approximate street value of $3880 (Schedule I) 
  • Approximately 54 grams of suspected Cocaine-crack with an approximate street value of $5400 (Schedule I) 
  • 60 suspected Hydromorphone pills with an approximate street value ranging between $900 and $3000 (Schedule I) 
  • Eight (8) suspected Morphine pills with an approximate street value of $120 (Schedule I) 
  • 309 suspected Alprazolam pills (derivative of Benzodiazepines Schedule IV) 
  • 82 suspected Methylphenidate pills (Schedule III) 
  • 868 suspected Hydromorphone Dilaudid (8mg) pills with a street value ranging between $17,360 and $43,400. (Schedule I)
 
Officers also located brass knuckles with a folding blade within the vehicle.

Members of the Brantford Police Service K-9 Team provided assistance with the search.

Investigation revealed that the accused does not have a Possession and Acquisition License and is not legally to be in possession of a firearm.
                                 
As a result of the incident, a 20-year-old male non-resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act:
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm 
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm 
  • Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm 
  • Possession of prohibited restricted firearm with ammunition 
  • Careless use of firearm 
  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose X 2
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule I - Fentanyl 
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule I - Cocaine-crack 
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule I - Hydromorphone c 
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule IV - Benzodiazepines 
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking schedule III - Methylphenidate 

The accused was held for bail.



On Sunday, January 3, 2024, at approximately 4:30 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were conducting speed enforcement on Colborne Street East when a vehicle was observed speeding. The vehicle was recorded to be travelling 91 km/hr in a posted 50 km/hr zone and a traffic stop was conducted.

Speaking with the driver, officers observed suspicious behaviour. The driver was then arrested.
 
Search incident to arrest located two restricted firearms in possession of the accused, in addition to the following:
  • Multiple rounds of ammunition
  • Approximately 7.1 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $710
  • Approximately 49.9 grams of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,990 

As a result of the incident, a 24-year-old male resident of Brantford stands charged with the following Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act violations:
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, to wit: Crystal Methamphetamine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, to wit: Cocaine 
  • Careless Use of a Firearm X 2 
  • Possess Weapons Dangerous X 2 
  • Carry Concealed Weapon X 2 
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm X 2 
  • Possession of Firearm in motor vehicle X 2 
  • Possession of Restricted firearm with ammunition X 2 
  • Tampering with a serial number 

The accused was held for bail.

BPS investigate stabbing, seek witness information

Jan 3, 2024

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At approximately 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 2, 2024, officers with the Brantford Police Service responded after receiving a 911 call to report a 44-year-old male victim was stabbed at a motel located on Colborne Street near James Avenue. 

The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. 

This investigation is active and ongoing. The incident is not believed to be random. No arrests have been made at this time.

Any witnesses are asked to contact BPS at 519-756-7050. Information can also be provided anonymously to Brant - Brantford Crime Stoppers by calling 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or by submitting a web tip online at: https://www.crimestoppersbb.com/submit-a-tip/ 



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46-year-old female charged after stabbing

Dec 7, 2023

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Officers with the Brantford Police Service have arrested a woman believed responsible for an early morning assault.

On Thursday, December 7, 2023, at approximately 7:15 a.m., officers with the Brantford Police Service were dispatched to attend a residence on Marlborough Street after receiving a 911 call to report an assault involving two women.

Officers attended and located both individuals at the residence. A female victim was located with what appeared to be a non-life-threatening stab wound to her leg. The victim was transported to receive medical treatment.

Information received indicated that the accused was in violation of a valid court order.

As a result of the incident, a 46-year-old female resident of Brantford was arrested and stands charged with the following Criminal Code violations:
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose 
  • Disobeying court order 
  • Assault with a weapon x 2 

The accused was held for bail.


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