Two children have been taken from a northeast home where police seized an assault rifle, cocaine, cash and body armour after a month-long drug trafficking investigation.
On Feb. 3, police say they found morphine pills, a machete, $2,260 worth of cocaine and $7,200 cash in a Ford Focus and the seizure led investigators to a home on Costa Mesa Close NE the next day.
Police turned up a stolen M-15 assault rifle, ammunition, three handguns, a silencer and a conducted energy weapon disguised as a cellphone at the home. Police also found “home invasion kits,” with various items including detonators and body armour.
“These are like the home invasion kits we’ve seen in the past in upper level organizations and we’re pretty happy to have those off the street,” Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette said.
A seven-year-old and 13-year-old found in the home were handed over to social services, Hatchette said, but he added the parents of the children have not yet been charged. “It’s one of those things where, how do (the parents) not know what was going on in the house,” he said, adding police were consulting with the Crown to determine if charges are necessary.
Emmanuel Soto, 21, and Nathan Kim, 23, who is known to the gang unit, are facing drug and weapon charges.