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Hamilton cops charge man with selling cocaine, operating non-essential business

Last Updated Apr 1, 2020 at 9:31 pm EDT

Undated photo of a Hamilton police officer. HANDOUT/Twitter/@HamiltonPolice

Hamilton police have laid trafficking charges against an alleged drug dealer — and slapped on a fine for operating a non-essential business.

Const. Jerome Stewart says drug unit officers began following an aggressive driver on Friday.

He says the driver allegedly made several stops to conduct drug deals before officers arrested him for trafficking around 8 p.m.

Stewart says police seized cocaine and cash.

He says police also issued the man a ticket under Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, invoked in mid-March in an effort to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Stewart says drug dealing is not an essential service, and the man faces a $750 fine if found guilty on that charge.

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