Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op
The raid of Pot of Gold Medicinals and Edibles in Sarnia, Ont. earlier this month ended with the seizure of more than $1 million in cannabis and charges under the Cannabis Act.
While executing a warrant at about 9 a.m. on Dec. 8 — the result of one of several investigations by the Ontario Provincial Police, with help from the Sarnia Police Service — police found approximately $1,043,110 in various forms of cannabis, including bud, oils and edibles, and $2,965 in cash.
Two men involved in the operation and on scene at the time of the raid were arrested, notes a statement from the Sarnia police. The men aged 35 and 45 were subsequently charged under the Cannabis Act with illegally possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling.
The raid was only one of two warrants issued locally as part of the investigation on illegal cannabis operations, the police statement notes. A second warrant was executed at about the same time on a residence in Corunna, Ont., where a 42-year-old female and three men, aged 38, 32 and 64, were arrested. Again, all four were charged with illegally possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling.
A search of the home revealed $5,770 worth of cannabis products, $21,870 in Canadian currency and $178 in U.S. currency, all of which was seized.
As part of a separate investigation the following day, a traffic stop was carried out shortly before 11 a.m. on a vehicle driven by one suspect in the OPP’s investigation of BC BUDZ ON WHEELS, the police statement reports.
The business was on the OPP’s radar for “illegally selling various quantities of cannabis and cannabis-related products from its online store,” as well as offering delivery services in Sarnia and its surrounding areas.