HAMILTON, ON, Jan. 21, 2019 /CNW/ - Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Hamilton Niagara Regional Detachment Serious and Organized Crime Section, have made additional arrests in relation to a drug trafficking conspiracy associated to Mt. Cross Pharmacy.
This investigation has uncovered a scheme that saw the diversion of more than 400,000 doses of a variety of pharmaceutical narcotics from the legitimate supply chain to the black market.
The investigation continued after the initial arrests in May 2018, and as a result Angelo Kirkopolous (41) of Hamilton was charged on October 9th 2018 with additional charges:
- 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of trafficking (to wit: Fentanyl, Oxycodone, and Amphetamine), contrary to the Controlled Dug and Substances Act (CDSA);
- Possession of Proceeds of Crime over $5000, contrary to the criminal Code (CCC);
- 10 counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Oxycodone, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl, Clonazepam, Codeine, Alprazolam, Amphetamine, Buprenorphine and Hydrocodone) contrary to the CDSA
On Friday January 18th 2019 the RCMP also arrested two additional male parties in relation to this investigation:
Also charged was Nick Monasteridis (50) of Burford with:
- Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance (Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, Codeine, Clonazepam, Hydrocodone, Buprenorphine, and Alprazolam), contrary to the CDSA
and Hans Lauro (32) of Mississauga with:
- Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Substance (Hydromorphone, Oxycodone, and Amphetamine), contrary to the CDSA
Mr. Monasteridis and Mr. Lauro are scheduled to appear at the Hamilton Courthouse located at 45 Main St. East, on January 19, 2019 at 09:00 hours.
"This issue of illicit opioids remains a top concern for the RCMP and we remain committed to collaborating with our partners to actively pursue the criminal networks that are jeopardizing the health and well-being of our citizens. This investigation shows the result of how good partnerships are essential in order to keep our communities safe." stated Inspector Ann Koenig, Officer in Charge of the Hamilton-Niagara Regional Detachment.
The RCMP would like to thank the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC), Health Canada and the Ontario College of Pharmacists for their assistance in this investigation.
Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact their local police, the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information: Cpl. Louise SAVARD, RCMP Media Relations, RCMP "O" Division, 905-876-9709