Article by Ottawa Sun
Ottawa police are warning the public about the dangers of illegal marijuana dispensaries after they seized an unlicensed, loaded handgun during raids targeting locally operated Magna Terra Health Services.
Police did not reveal if the gun was found at one of the two Magna Terra dispensaries or at a private home, all of which were raided simultaneously Tuesday morning.
Seven people were arrested, three of them members of the Vigile family, including Magna Terra operator Franco Vigile.
Franco Vigile, 29, Peter J. Vigile, 23, and Magna Terra Health Services have each been charged with six counts related to drug trafficking and one count of possession of property proceeds of crime under $5,000, court records show.
Nina Vigile, who is Franco’s sister and had worked at Magna Terra, was charged with six gun-related offences and possession of property proceeds of crime under $5,000. The gun offences include possession of a dangerous weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of a weapon obtained by crime.