Article by The Canadian Press via National Post
HALIFAX — RCMP raided a chain of marijuana stores in Nova Scotia, arresting 10 people including its owner and seizing drugs, money and even signage.
Police raided five Tasty Budd’s stores, saying the outlets attempted to look like legitimate businesses — but weren’t.
“These individuals have set up shop in our community operating as a criminal network,” RCMP Inspector Jason Popik said in a statement Friday.
“They are misleading the public by pretending to be professional establishments using the guise of the storefronts to commit crime and profit from the proceeds of their crime.”
The web site for Tasty Budd’s — which has a handful of stores in other provinces — includes the slogan “Business with Integrity,” and presents itself as a “medical dispensary.”
Owner Malachy Nathaniel McMeekin, 35, is among those charged.
Police said the eight-month probe led to 69 charges against 10 people, and one of the suspects was charged with trafficking cocaine as well, and two people face firearms charges.
The Thursday raids targeted locations in Cole Harbour, Lower Sackville, Halifax, Antigonish and Windsor, and four homes were also raided.