Bust Nets Guns, Drugs and Cash

As the result of a series of events that have taken place over the last several days surrounding a drug bust, a media release and subsequent publication ban, it has become apparent that clarity is required to slow the spread of misinformation and provide an accurate account of what actually transpired over those days.

Friday evening after the media release was issued, a late day notification was received in our Corporate Communications Office that two publication bans had been issued during the bail hearing: A Section 486.5 ban on information revealing the name of victims, witnesses and justice system participants, where the order is deemed necessary for the proper administration of justice AND a Section 517 temporary publication ban to preserve the rights of the defendant to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence. The ban prevents public dissemination of information or evidence so that jurors can make their decisions based on only admissible evidence presented during the trial and is intended to maintain the integrity of the evidence of any potential witness who may be called to testify in the case.

Out of an abundance of caution and respect for the judicial process, the crown attorney, the defense lawyer on the case and members of our Street Crimes Unit who risk their lives to get guns and drugs off the street, our organization chose to retract the media release.

This has caused some confusion with our media partners and rightfully so however, the accusations of collusion or privilege are completely false. It has taken time to complete an internal investigation and confirm that there was only one Section 517 publication ban issued and the retraction unnecessary. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Our organization is dedicated to the safety and security of all citizens of St. Thomas and hold individuals who choose to break the law accountable. We will move forward by re-issuing the original release and work diligently on improving policies regarding STPS internal sharing of information.

St. Thomas has been devastated by several drug related over dose deaths and The St. Thomas Police Service will continue to use whatever resources we have to stem the flow of drugs to the streets of our city including partnering with traditional media and the use of social media. STPS remains committed to promoting public safety by sharing information and will continue to do so while being respectful of the legal system, balancing the public’s right to know and the rights of an accused party to a fair and impartial trial.

 

 

Bust Nets Guns, Drugs and Cash
As the result of a lengthy investigation conducted by the St Thomas Police Service Street Crimes Unit, a cache of drugs and guns destined for the streets of St. Thomas have been seized and two people are in custody. Officers from the Street Crimes Unit along with assistance from Officers on Community Patrol executed a search warrant at a Talbot Street apartment Thursday just after the noon hour. $35,500 in drugs and $24,500 in cash was seized during the search along with guns, scales, a bullet proof vest and several knives. Thirty one year old Kyle Moir and twenty two year old Hannah Williamson were taken into custody at the scene.

Drugs seized during the search include:
· 283.3 grams of crystal methamphetamine
· 0.6 grams of purple fentanyl
· 14.3 grams of cocaine
· 11.7 grams of crack cocaine
· 56 hydromorphone tablets
· 3 methadone doses
· 4 oxycodone tablets
· 46 Xanax tablets

Guns seized:
· Mossberg 715T, .22 calibre loaded firearm
· CQ-A .223 calibre semi-automatic rifle
· Remington 1911 R1S semi-automatic 45 calibre handgun
· Smith and Wesson SD9VE 9 millimeter handgun
· Mako replica firearm

The serial numbers were scratched off of the Mossberg, Remington, and Smith and Wesson firearms. The CQ-A .223 calibre semi-automatic rifle was equipped with a barrel suppressor and a prohibited magazine.

Kyle Moir has been charged with:
· Production of a controlled substance
· Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking X 6
· Careless Storage of a firearm x 4 counts
· Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 4 counts
· Tampering with serial number of firearm x 3 counts
· Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order x 4 counts
· Possession of a restricted firearm x 3 counts
· Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
· Possession of a prohibited device x 2 counts
· Possession of ammunition x 4 counts
· Breach of Recognizance x 11
· Breach of Probation x 5

Hannah Williamson has been charged with:

· Production of a controlled substance
· Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking X 6
· Careless Storage of a firearm x 4 counts
· Unauthorized possession of a firearm x 4 counts
· Tampering with serial number of firearm x 3 counts
· Possession of firearm contrary to prohibition order x 4 counts
· Possession of a restricted firearm x 3 counts
· Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition
· Possession of a prohibited device x 2 counts
· Possession of ammunition x 4 counts

Both Moir and Williamson were held in custody at the Colin McGregor Justice Building for a court appearance to answer to the charges.

“This investigation is a direct result of the ongoing commitment by members of the St. Thomas Police Service to crack down on drugs, guns and violent crime in our community. Results such as this require all our resources working together. The street values seized in this investigation are on par with our very successful Project Coppertone from 2018. Back then we said we would not relax our efforts on the drug sub culture in the city and we haven’t. This large bust along with several smaller ones in between Coppertone and now have repeatedly put drug dealers in St. Thomas on notice. We will not let up. I would like to thank the dedicated members of our organization for their relentless efforts to protect the citizens of St. Thomas” Chief Chris Herridge

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