A joint operation by area police services, that included both Hamilton and Halton Police has resulted in the arrest of six people and generated over $1 million dollars worth of drugs seized. Between May 4 and 5, 2023, the Halton Regional Police Service, with the assistance of the Hamilton Police Service, Peel Regional Police and the Ontario Provincial Police concluded “Project Spectre. Warrants were executed in Toronto (5 locations), Hamilton (2 locations), Oakville and Thorold. Five individuals were taken into custody at the time and a sixth was arrested on May 16, 2023. At the Thorold location investigators located and dismantled an active psilocybin production site. As a result of this investigation police have seized:
4.5 kilograms of cocaine
4 kilograms of MDMA (ecstasy)
500 grams fentanyl
272 kilograms of packaged cannabis edibles
70 kilograms of packaged marihuana
1.9 kilograms packaged psilocybin
82 kilograms of psilocybin in various stages of growth
581 grams of Hashish
195 grams of ketamine
196 Oxycodone and Hydromorphone pills
92 grams Cathanone (bath salts)
34 kilograms of cutting agents
$246,000 in Canadian currency
The estimated wholesale value of items seized is upwards of $1,000,000.
Ruger (with obliterated SN#)
Keltec Carbine with folding stock
50 round high capacity drum magazine
Six men were arrested—three from Toronto, two from Hamilton and an Oakville man
At the time of their arrests, Causgrove-Carter and Vanderzanden were on weapon prohibition orders with conditions not to possess any weapons.
The two Hamilton men charged were Michael Eyre, 38, of Ancaster and Michael Vanderzanden, 37, of Hamilton. Vanderzanden was on weapon prohibition orders with conditions not to possess any weapons at the time of his arrest.
Tips can be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
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