Drug investigation leads to an arrest in St. Catharines

Niagara Regional Police Service press release – Since March of 2020 members of the Guns, Gangs and Grows Unit and the Opioid Unit with the Niagara Regional Police Service, have been investigating the sale of cocaine from a St. Catharines residence, in the area of Weiden Street and Linwell Road.

The investigation led detectives to identify a male suspect, leading to an arrest on Thursday, July 16/2020 with the assistance of members of the Emergency Task Unit (ETU).

As a result, detectives seized a loaded 40 caliber handgun, additional ammunition for the firearm including hollow point style bullets, powder cocaine, crack cocaine and $15,840 in currency believed to be the proceeds of his drug sales. In addition, a BMW that was a part of the drug trafficking operation was seized as offence related property. The controlled substances carry an estimated street value of $7,365.

Desron Phillips (25 years old) of St. Catharines was arrested and charged with the alleged following offences:

  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance (Cocaine) for the Purpose of Trafficking
  • Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Firearm
  • Possession Prohibited Firearm Knowingly Not Holding Licence
  • Careless Storage of Firearm
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession Prohibited Device for Ammunition
  • Tampering with Serial Number of a Firearm
  • Breach Probation

Phillips was held in custody pending a bail hearing on Thursday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara Regional Police at 905-688-4111 ext 2200.