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Brantford Police seize over $1.1 million in illicit drugs

Brantford Police ServiceBrantford Police seize over $1.1 million in illicit drugs

A two-month long drug investigation commenced in early fall of 2022, involving several suspected drug dealers engaged in trafficking cocaine and fentanyl within the City of Brantford and throughout Southwestern Ontario.

In the early morning hours of Thursday, November 17, 2022, the Brantford Police Service executed six Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrants. 

Brantford Police Service executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Diana Avenue, Brantford. Ontario Provincial Police Service Tactical Response Unit assisted with entry into the residence. Upon search of the residence, police located and seized the following items:

  • 1,619 grams (approx.) of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $242,850
  • 942 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $94,200
  • Loaded Taurus .38 handgun with extended magazine (prohibited firearm)
  • Large quantity of Canadian currency

Brantford and Six Nations Police Service’s simultaneously executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a residence located at St. George Street, Brantford. Members of the Brantford Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), Criminal Intelligence Unit, K9 Unit and Patrol Unit all assisted with entry. Upon search of the residence, police located and seized:

  • 1,986 grams (approx.) of suspected Fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $810,000
  • 85 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine, with an estimated street value of $8,500
  • Loaded 9mm Glock handgun with laser site (restricted weapon).
  • Canadian currency

Brantford police simultaneously executed a Search Warrant at a residence located on Grey Street, Brantford.  The Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit assisted with entry into the residence. Upon search of the residence, police located a small amount of prescription medication.

Brantford and Six Nations Police Service’s simultaneously executed another Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Search Warrant at a premise on Papple Road in the County of Brant. Members of the Brantford Police Tactical Intelligence Generated and Enforcement Response Unit (T.I.G.E.R) and Six Nations Police Drug Unit searched the premise and located the following within two motor vehicles:  

  • 111 grams (approx.) of suspected Crystal Methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $16,600
  • 182 grams (approx.) of suspected Cocaine with an estimated street value of $18,200

As a result of Project MENACE, an estimated total street value of $1,178,310 of illicit drugs, two loaded handguns, a switch-blade knife, two motor vehicles, an estimated $200,000 worth of jewelry and prescription medication were seized. Two men from Brantford have been charged with a number of offences:  

Colton DENNIS, 27, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (cocaine)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (prohibited), contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Knowledge possession of an unauthorized firearm contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code 

Ryan FORBES, 24, of Brantford, stands charged with the following:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (methamphetamine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (fentanyl)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking, contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (cocaine)
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (restricted), contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Careless storage of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Tampering with serial number contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Knowledge possession of an unauthorized firearm contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession of a firearm with altered serial number contrary to the Criminal Code 
  • Possession of a prohibited of restricted firearm with ammunition, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Possession firearm contrary to prohibition order, contrary to the Criminal Code
  • Breach recognizance order, contrary to the Criminal Code 

Through funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario supported Project MENACE which was a Brantford Police Services joint investigation with the Six Nations Police Service, further assisted by the Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Response Unit.

Project MENACE is another successful joint project helping to minimize the threat to our communities caused by the distribution of controlled substances, including firearms. By disrupting the operation of criminal networks, our goal is to assist our communities by reducing the violence surrounding the trade of illicit substances. 

“I am extremely proud of the excellent work and collaboration demonstrated by the Brantford Police Service and the Six Nations Police Service. This investigation has resulted in removing over $1,000,000 in illegal drugs, firearms from our community – the largest seizure of its kind thru a BPS and SNP led investigation. I would also like to thank our policing partners and agencies, Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, Brantford Police Services, Six Nations Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, and Guelph Police Service for their assistance,” said Chief Rob Davis, Brantford Police Services.

In support of the search warrants and arrests related to Project MENACE, the Brantford Police Service would like to recognize the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario, Six Nations Police Service, Guelph Police Service Tactical Response Unit and K9 Unit, OPP West Region Emergency Response Team.

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