One of the largest crystal meth busts in Ontario’s history unfolded in Hamilton on Wednesday, with 17 people – including one police officer – taken into custody.
Nine separate police agencies worked together for 18 months on Project Newton, culminating with arrests in Hamilton, Halton, Niagara, Peel, Haldimand County and Sudbury.
About 175 officers raided 23 homes and businesses. Officers say they seized 26 kg of methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, with a street value of $3 million. They also seized steroids worth $1 million, homes and vehicles in excess of $400,000, and $140,000 in cash.
One of those arrested was a Hamilton police officer. He has since been suspended with pay.
The investigation is ongoing and further arrests and charges are expected.