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Five people charged after drug raid near McBurney Park

Members of Kingston Police arresting two of the fiveindividuals arrested following a drug raid just steps away from Kingston’s popular McBurney Park (Skeleton Park) at Barrie and Ordnance Streets on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Photo by Tori Stafford.

A large police presence and reports of loud bangs caused a commotion in the neighbourhood surrounding McBurney (Skeleton) Park in downtown Kingston as five people were arrested in a drug raid last week.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, when at around 4:25 p.m., members of the Kingston Police Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on Barrie Street. Police were also around residences on Ordnance Street nearby, where the accused individuals were taken into custody.

According to a press release from Kingston Police on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, the Kingston Police Emergency Response Team assisted in the execution of the warrant by executing a “dynamic entrance to the residence and securing multiple people found within the residence.” Kingston Police further explained that this “dynamic entrance” involved the use of a battering ram, which may explain the loud bangs residents in McBurney Park reported hearing at the time, which they’d believed to have been gunfire. Police said there was no gunfire involved in this incident.

Police said a search of the Barrie Street residence resulted in locating a quantity of fentanyl, evidence of drug trafficking, and Canadian currency, and that some of those arrested had weapons removed from them by police at the time of arrest.

The drugs, Canadian currency, weapons, and drug trafficking paraphernalia seized by Kingston Police after the execution of a drug search warrant at a Barrie Street address on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. Photo via Kingston Police.

As a result, five individuals arrested were charged as follows:

Kasheem Wilson, 20, of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is charged with:

  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Two counts of breach of undertaking
  • Carrying a concealed weapon (knife)
  • Possession of prohibited weapon (conductive energy weapon, such as a Taser)

Shawn Balla, 37, of Kingston is charged with:

  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Two counts of breach of probation
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles)
  • Breach of a weapons prohibition order
  • Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace

Jacinta Hartin, 35, of Kingston is charged with:

  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Breach of undertaking

Tamara Hartin, 45, of Kingston is charged with:

  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Breach of undertaking

Tasha Lalande, 24, of Kingston is charged with:

  • Possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of the proceeds of crime over $5,000
  • Breach of undertaking

Jacintha Hartin had been arrested on cocaine trafficking charges less than two weeks earlier and was later released with a future court date at the time.

Kingston Police did not provide information on whether any of those arrested in the Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 drug raid remain in custody.

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