Four arrested, three charged after Kingston Police investigation leads to drug trafficking, weapons charges

Evidence seized by the Kingston Police Drug Enforcement Unit after an investigation into drug trafficking occurring out of a residence on Wright Crescent in June 2024. Photo via Kingston Police.

The Kingston Police Drug Enforcement Unit have seized a sizable amount of fentanyl, along with a firearm and ammunition, as the result of an investigation that began earlier this month.

According to police, in June 2024, the Drug Enforcement Unit began investigating two male parties who were “actively trafficking crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, and fentanyl from a residence on Wright Crescent,” located in the Calvin Park area of Kingston just south of Bath Road and east of Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard.

On Thursday, Jun. 20, 2024, “the targets of this investigation, as well as two other individuals, were observed leaving this premise in a cab,” police said in a press release the following day.

With the assistance of the Street Crime Unit, the four individuals were stopped by officers and placed under arrest for possession for the purpose of trafficking, Kingston Police said. Following the arrests, all four individuals were searched, and officers found that two occupants of the taxi “were each in possession of a quantity of Fentanyl,” while another was “in possession of a functioning taser, which was concealed on their person.”

“All parties were subsequently transported to Kingston Police headquarters, where they were lodged in cells,” Kingston Police stated.

The arrests were followed by the Drug Enforcement Unit executing a search warrant at the Wright Crescent address.

“A search of this residence resulted in police locating indicia of drug trafficking, as well as a double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun, unsafely stored in the residence,” police said.

According to Kingston Police Media Relations Officer, Constable Ash Gutheinz, “indicia of drug trafficking” refers to additional evidence used to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the possession of drugs was for the purpose of trafficking.

Police said that property seized as a result of the search warrant execution included:

  • 42 grams of fentanyl
  • A double-barrelled sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun
  • Ammunition
  • Indicia of trafficking

As the investigation wrapped up, one of the four individuals arrested was released from custody without being charged, police told Kingstonist. The other three people were charged as follows. The charges listed were relayed by Kingston Police, and have not been tried in court.

Maxwell Gillis, 38, of Kingston was charged with several weapons offences under the Criminal Code of Canda. An unnamed 25-year-old from Kingston was charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, and an unnamed 45-year-old of no fixed address was also charged with possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking.

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