Dis­pen­sary raided, op­er­a­tor charged

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MOLLY HAYES mhayes@thes­pec.com 905-526-3214 | @mol­ly­hayes The Hamil­ton Spec­ta­tor

A 30-year-old man is fac­ing traf­fick­ing charges af­ter po­lice raided a down­town Hamil­ton mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary.

Around 2:20 p.m. Tues­day, po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at the Hamil­ton Vil­lage Dis­pen­sary on King Street East near Fer­gu­son Av­enue North.

In a press re­lease, po­lice say they had been “made aware of an il­le­gal mar­i­juana dis­pen­sary op­er­at­ing in the city,” where the owner was “com­mit­ting the crim­i­nal acts” of sell­ing mar­i­juana. Of­fi­cers seized about $50,000 worth of mar­i­juana, as well as de­riv­a­tive prod­ucts, in­clud­ing pro­cessed mar­i­juana and THC prod­ucts.

The 30-year-old op­er­a­tor — whose name po­lice didn’t re­lease — has been charged with pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­ses­sion of THC for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, pos­ses­sion of resin for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing, and pro­ceeds over $5,000.

Reached by phone Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, an em­ployee at the dis­pen­sary said they were back open.

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