Article by Muriel Draaisma, CBC News
Toronto police say they have charged 15 people with drug offences after a raid at a marijuana dispensary in Kensington Market.
Police said 14 Division officers carried out a search warrant at the Canna Clinic dispensary at 44 Kensington Ave., near Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street West, at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
All 15 accused were charged with the same offences: three counts of possession of a schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking; three counts of possession of a schedule II substance; and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime over.
Three of the accused are women, 12 are men. The suspects are from Toronto, Richmond Hill, Mississauga and Guelph, Ont.
During the raid, police allege that they seized: 168.7 kilograms of marijuana, 14.5 kilograms of marijuana oil and 4.9 kilograms of shatter. Officers also seized $14,410 in Canadian bills.
“Ever since dispensaries arrived in large numbers in Toronto, our position has been clear: we will enforce the law,” Mark Pugash, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said Monday.
Pugash said when police divisions have evidence they need, complaints and public safety concerns, they will take action.
“We don’t have the resources to go after every dispensary. Where we have the evidence and the resources, we will execute warrants, and that’s what we did yesterday.”
He said the arrests and charges mark the third time that police have executed search warrants at 44 Kensington Ave.