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Media Release

Release Date: May 8th, 2020 - 3:17pm

Originator: Detective, Jared McLeod, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2385

Contact: Detective, Scott Heyerman, 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext. 2342

Location: Burlington

Attachment 1: 6452-HRPSseizure.PNG


Series of Arrests Made in Burlington Drug Trafficking Investigation

​The Halton Regional Police Service has made a number of arrests in relation to a drug trafficking investigation in Burlington which began in April, 2020.

Investigation by the Burlington Street Crime Unit has led to charges against the following individuals;

Edlyn MILLER (27 years old from St. Catharines)

  • Fail to Comply Release Order (2 counts)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl)

Naithan BACHIU-TAIT (25 years old from Hamilton)

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Cocaine)
  • Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle
  • Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public (Brass Knuckles and Flick Knife) – (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (Brass Knuckles and Flick Knife) – (2 counts)
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Fail to Comply Release Order (6 counts)

James SHIELDS (28 years old from Hamilton)

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Crack Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth)
  • Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public (Flick Knife)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (Flick Knife)
  • Fail to Comply Release Order

Amanda HARPER (27 years old from Hamilton)

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public (Brass Knuckles)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (Brass Knuckles)

Ashley JACOBSEN-SMITH (25 years old from Hamilton)

  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Crystal Meth)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance (Cocaine)
  • Fail to Comply Release Order

On May 8th 2020, Investigators executed search warrants at residences in the City of Hamilton and the City of St. Catharines and the following items were seized from both locations:

  • 90 grams of Crystal Meth
  • 7 grams of Crack Cocaine
  • 1.5 grams of Fentanyl
  • $2,252.00 Canadian currency
  • 6 cellular phones
  • 5 digital scales
  • Pair of Brass Knuckles
  • 2 Flick Knives

$7,400 worth of drugs was seized as a result of the search warrants. (Photo attached).

Both Bachiu-Tait and Miller were held pending a court appearance in Milton. 

Harper, Jacobsen-Smith and Shields have been released from custody pending a court appearance in Milton.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2342.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers.  "See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.