Article by Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun
Cops have smashed a scheme to smuggle nearly $5 million of cannabis into the U.S. stashed in sand-blasting bags.
Hamilton Police investigators believe the sophistication of the operation points to the involvement of organized crime.
Detectives arrested a 56-year-old Hamilton man who faces charges relating to trafficking and exporting in illegal cannabis.
Officers seized a stoner’s ransom of a whopping 296 kilos of cannabis that was stacked on the skids of a truck and ready to roll to Illinois.
Hamilton cops say they were called to an industrial area in Stoney Creek on March 1 shortly after 2:30 p.m. regarding a suspicious shipment being loaded onto a transport truck.
Upon arrival, police discovered processed cannabis hidden in the shipment.
The vice and drug unit was contacted and began an investigation.
A search warrant was executed on both the warehouse and transport truck, yielding 653 bags of cannabis weighing approximately one pound per bag.
According to a press release, police believe the drugs had a street value of more than US$5 million.