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Since the beginning of October members of the Guns Gangs and Grows Unit have been investigating a Barbican Trail, St. Catharines residence for selling drugs. On October 19th, 2017 the target of the investigation drove his vehicle to conduct a drug transaction on Carriage Road, St. Catharines. Upon conducting his transaction Police approached and arrested him.

Police applied for and were granted a search warrant to enter and search the Barbican Trail home. Upon attending the residence Police encountered two females in the driveway where they were arrested.

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Police searched the residence and located and seized a very large amount of powerful prescription medication. These medications consisted of Oxycodone , Hydromorphone, Codeine and Fentanyl. In total Police seized $58,123.00 in drugs and $6300.00 in cash believed to be proceeds of crime.

Charged with 4 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and 1 count of Possession of Proceed of crime is 76-year-old Joseph Ishkhanian. Charged with 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking is 26-year-old Whitley Sacco. Both these accused will attend a bail hearing in the morning. Also charged was 36-year-old Brooke Bridgman with 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance. Bridgman was released from custody and will return in November to answer to her charges.