Following a surveillance mission at a Hamilton apartment building, police just busted a drug trafficker with $1 million worth of dangerous drugs. They were watching the apartment complex when they noticed a man putting two very large bags into the trunk of a car. It turns out those bags were full of drugs.
After watching the suspect, who has since been identified as 34-year-old Somney Chhen of Hamilton, police moved in and arrested him. They then opened up the bags, revealing a huge quantity of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and meth. Following the arrest, police also got a warrant to search the apartment and found even more drugs in a safe as well as a cocaine press and blender.
In total, they seized over 7 Kg of drugs including:
- Methamphetamine: 1,559 grams
- Cocaine: 1,850 grams
- Heroin: 655 grams
- Purple Heroin: 1,370 grams
- Fentanyl: 2,125 grams
- Green Fentanyl Pills: 1,416
- Blue Fentanyl Pills: 1,200
- An unknown quantity of pills: Possibly Percocet
According to police, the estimated street value of all of these drugs is a whopping $1,385,000. Despite the large quantity and the dangerous effects these drugs could have on the streets, Hamilton Police consider this to be a mid-level trafficking case.
Now the mid-level trafficker, Chhen is facing five different drug-related charges. These are "possession for the purpose of trafficking" charges. There is one for cocaine, one for heroin, one for methamphetamine, one for fentanyl, and one for fentanyl and heroin.
In Canada, drug charges are taken very seriously and that's why there are mandatory minimum sentences depending on the specific charges. In the case of possession for the purpose of trafficking the mandatory minimums depend on certain factors.
For example, if the offence involved factors like use or threat of violence or weapons then the mandatory minimum sentence is one year. If there are other factors like the offence was committed in or near a school, in a prison, or involving a person under 18 then the mandatory minimum is two years.
This latest bust was part of Hamilton Police's Make Safe Task Force. As part of this task force, they encourage people to report suspicious activity in their area to police. People who want to give anonymous information, they can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.