20-year-old charged after Kingston Police seize large quantities of cocaine, fentanyl

According to Kingston Police, over 280 grams of cocaine and over 35 grams of brown fentanyl were seized, along with a quantity of Canadian currency, following the arrest of a 20-year-old on Montreal Street. Photo via Kingston Police.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated since it was originally published to include further detail from Kingston Police. Please see bottom of article for most recently updated information.

As part of an investigation by the Kingston Police Street Crimes Unit, a 20-year-old has been arrested and is now facing drug trafficking-related charges, according to police.

According to a press release from Kingston Police, members of the Street Crime Unit arrested the individual at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2024 “in the area of 1130 Montreal Street.” Police did not say why the individual was arrested; however, upon arrest, police found the accused to be in possession of “a large quantity of cocaine, fentanyl, and Canadian currency.”

Police detailed that the following were seized during the arrest:

  • 281.4 grams of cocaine
  • 37.4 grams of brown fentanyl
  • A “large” quantity of Canadian currency

According to Kingston Police, the street value of the items seized is estimated to be $37,515.

As a result, 20-year-old Jonathan Andino — who police say has no ties to Kingston “or surrounding jurisdictions” — was charged with:

  • Two counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime

Police said that Andino was held in custody pending a bail hearing today, Friday, Mar. 15, 2024. Police did not disclose the result of that bail hearing.

Kingstonist has inquired with police as to what led to this arrest, as well as the outcome of the bail hearing. This article will be updated if/when more information becomes available.

“The Kingston Police Special Services Division remain diligent in combating the influx of illegal drugs and weapons within our community. With overdose rates on the rise and the appearance of increased reports/seizures of firearms Kingston Police is dedicated to protecting the great citizens of the community we serve,” police said.

Update (Monday, Mar. 18, 2024):
In response to Kingstonist inquiries, Kingston Police have indicated that Jonathan Andino, who was arrested and charged on Thursday, Mar. 14, 2024, in relation to alleged drug possession and trafficking (see above), was remanded into custody at a bail hearing on Friday, Mar. 15, 2024. Police did not provide further details on what led to Andino’s arrest.

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