Police focus on Burlington high schools as part of a drug crackdown. More than $6000 seized plus quantity of drugs.

By Staff

January 28, 2014


Between Jan 14 – 21, 2014, the Halton Regional Police Service conducted an organized high school drug initiative in the City of Burlington, named Project Impact.

Officers from the Burlington Strategic Support Team, High School Liaison, uniform patrol and the Integrated Drug, Gun and Gang unit worked in partnership to crackdown on drug trafficking in and around Burlington Catholic and Public high schools.

As a result of the investigation, quantities of marihuana, cocaine, oxycontin powder and pills, and clonazepam with a combined estimated street value of $6010.00 were seized.

As part of the investigation, officers also executed seven Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA) search warrants on six residences and one vehicle throughout the City of Burlington.

Investigators arrested 27 people in connection with the investigation, with 22 of those being young offenders.  A total of 27 criminal charges were laid. Six of the young offenders were forwarded to our Diversion program, Youth Drug Awareness Program, which is an opportunity for first time young offenders to re-evaluate the path they have chosen and provide these youth with a second chance at making the right decision.

Three adults were also charged in connection with the investigation:

Travis ARSENEAULT, 18, of Burlington, is charged with Trafficking, Possession for Purpose x 2, Possession and Breach.
John ARSENEAULT, 47, of Burlington is charged with Possession.

Ryan BLAINEY, 18, of Burlington is charged with Possession and Possession for Purpose x 2.

“Project Impact was a well-organized, team oriented proactive initiative that served not only as an enforcement blitz but an educational opportunity for students, school officials and the community as a whole,” said Superintendent Al Albano of 3 District.

“Parents need to be aware that there are drugs in all high schools, so we encourage them to be aware of what their children are doing, and ask appropriate questions.  Be it a parent, a teacher, a sibling, or a friend, we can all help to stop the distribution and use of drugs in our youth community before they make lasting life decisions,” said Supt. Albano.

Anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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4 comments to Police focus on Burlington high schools as part of a drug crackdown. More than $6000 seized plus quantity of drugs.

  • Stanley

    If you follow this story as it continues to evolve, you will witness that the old timer losers involved in the drug game making relentless effort to take the younger (typically underage children)down with them towards the never ending road of life lasting regret. But, they do it in such a secretive fashion; why is that?

  • Mr.Bean

    A quick look on Facebook and I see these 3 charged individuals are friends with Mr.Whitehouse and other convicted Burlington residents. Simple google and now I know where these criminals live.

  • Keith

    Disgusting. Drugs are not the business of the police.

    • Taylor

      Keith, you are an example of one of the wise few who recognizes the police should not be in this business; which is much better suited to the garbage man. You can probably ask any police officer and they will tell you that they feel more and more like their job description should read “pick up the garbage”.

      It is also interesting to note the two accused may be related as parent and child. Perhaps the father was setting a good example as any good parent should, and the police just got in the way again (notice “breach”).

      Those bad police just dont know when to stop.