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Alleged Cocaine Dealer Faces Fine For Operating Non-Essential Service During Coronavirus

Alleged Cocaine Dealer Faces Fine For Operating Non-Essential Service During Coronavirus

Canadian police have caught an alleged cocaine dealer operating amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Officers were patrolling the Hamilton area in Ontario when they say they spotted a black Jeep Grand Cherokee being 'operated in an aggressive manner'.

Officers watched the four-wheel-drive make several stops to carry out suspected drug deals.

The Hamilton Police Department said in a statement: "As a result of observations made of the driver's actions, he was arrested for drug trafficking. During a search of the male, police located further evidence to support criminal charges."

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Credit: Hamilton Police
Credit: Hamilton Police

But the cops didn't just arrest him because they allegedly found him with drugs and cash believed to be related to those deals.

Canada hasn't plunged into a lockdown, similar to other parts of the world, however citizens in different jurisdictions have been ordered to stay at home unless it's absolutely necessary.

As a result, the 29-year-old alleged cocaine dealer has been stung with a penalty relating to the coronavirus.

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The Hamilton Police statement continues: "Currently, due to COVID-19, a declaration of emergency has been enacted under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Credit: CP24
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"A condition under the order includes all non-essential businesses to cease functioning.

"As a result of trafficking drugs in the community, the male was informed he would be charged for violating the order and was issued a provincial offence ticket. If found guilty, the penalty can include a $750 fine and service charges."

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Who would have thought drug dealing wasn't an essential service?

It's a similar story that came from Wales, where residents have been routinely stopped by police to report where they are going.

One driver was allegedly very candid when police pulled him over to see if he was doing an essential task.

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South Wales Police uploaded a picture onto their Twitter account, along with a caption that said: "[One] man was reported for non essential journey and possession of cannabis, after saying, 'My journey is essential. I had to buy weed.'"

If you're going to break the rules, at least don't further incriminate yourself with another crime.

While this man certainly wasn't sticking to the new laws in place, the police force has commended the 'vast majority' of people who have been following the law.

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.