Article by Shoreline Beacon
Eight people – seven from Saugeen Shores – were charged April 24 after a joint police investigation into sale and delivery of illicit cannabis.
Saugeen Shores Police Service (SSPS) said following a February 2020 search warrant, a joint force began investigating illicit cannabis in Saugeen Shores and surrounding areas.
SSPS, along with Owen Sound and Hanover Police Services, executed a Cannabis Act search warrant at three locations April 24, including residences in Southampton and Port Elgin, and a business in Port Elgin.
Eight people – six men and two women – were charged with various Cannabis Act and Criminal Code offences.
Officers seized “large quantities of packaged product” including dried cannabis, cannabis extract, and edibles with a street value of $89,080.
Police also seized $34,574 in cash as proceeds of crime, and three vehicles as offences related property with an estimated value of $90,000.
In an April 27 news release, police reminded people that the sale and distribution of illicit cannabis is a criminal offence under the Cannabis Act. The only lawful sale and distribution of cannabis products in Ontario is from a licenced provincial storefront or the online Ontario Cannabis Store.
Unregulated cannabis products can be potentially dangerous to consume, as items have not been tested or inspected. Of concern, police seized cannabis edibles that mimicked packaging similar to candy marketed towards children.
The charged include:
– A 45 year old male and 43 year old female, both from Port Elgin, charged with possession for the purpose of selling cannabis; possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis; possession of property obtained by crime over $5000; and instructing commission of an offence for a Criminal Organization.
A 33-year-old Southampton male charged with possession for the purpose of selling cannabis; possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis; possession of property obtained by crime over $5000; and commission of an offence for a criminal organization