A Nanaimo pot shop has been shut down after RCMP suspected customers of selling illegal opioids inside the store.
Nanaimo RCMP raided the Limelife Society marijuana dispensary at 119 Nicol St. about 8 p.m. Thursday, acting on information that patrons were trafficking opioids, said Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Const. Gary O’Brien.
Two men were arrested and found to be in possession of eight purple tablets. The tablets will be sent for testing to determine if they contain fentanyl, O’Brien said.
The RCMP said when officers entered the Nicol Street business, 15 clients were inside consuming shatter, a marijuana concentrate, and other products derived from marijuana.
Police seized several pounds of marijuana, marijuana derivatives, edibles and about $17,000 in cash. A 28-year-old female employee was arrested.
RCMP shut down the business overnight as they collected evidence.
The premises were turned over on Friday morning to the landlord, who is co-operating with police.
The landlord told police the business would not be permitted to re-open, O’Brien said. Police have not yet spoken with the owner.