Tasty Budds exec apol­o­gizes fol­low­ing po­lice raid, ar­rests


Tasty Budds pres­i­dent Mal McMeekin is “very sorry” about al­leged il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties that po­lice say were oc­cur­ring at his com­pany’s store­fronts.

“We want to be very clear that the al­leged il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity was oc­cur­ring at one Tasty Budds lo­ca­tion (Sackville Lo­ca­tion),” reads a writ­ten state­ment sent to SaltWire Net­work and at­trib­uted to Mal McMeekin.

“This only came to our at­ten­tion through the re­cent po­lice ac­tiv­ity and in­ves­ti­ga­tion. This is a gross vi­o­la­tion of our code of con­duct, our ethics, and every­thing that Tasty Budds stands for.”

Po­lice con­ducted raids on Tasty Budds store­fronts and the homes of peo­ple con­nected with the med­i­cal mar­i­juana seller across the prov­ince on Aug. 25. As a re­sult, 10 peo­ple were ar­rested and charged with 69 drug and firearm of­fences. Po­lice al­lege that those ar­rested were us­ing the store­fronts to traf­fic in co­caine and mar­i­juana, sell­ing drugs know­ing they were go­ing to be re-sold for crim­i­nal profit and sell­ing mar­i­juana at well over amounts pre­scribed.

They seized 29 kilo­grams of mar­i­juana, 10 kilo­grams of cannabis oil, 45 kilo­grams of cannabis edi­bles, seven kilo­grams of a form of cannabis resin known as “shat­ter” and 600 grams of hash. They also seized a loaded hand­gun, a shot­gun, drug para­pher­na­lia, $10,000 in cash and three ATMs.

McMeekin said in his let­ter that all the staff at the com­pany’s Sackville lo­ca­tion had been fired as a re­sult of the raid.

“We hope the ac­tions of a few bad ap­ples will not spoil the bas­ket,” reads the let­ter.

An em­ployee at the Tasty Budds Cole Har­bour of­fice con­firmed Mon­day that the let­ter orig­i­nated from the com­pany, but re­fused to say more.

“You have our state­ment,” she said be­fore hang­ing up the phone.

McMeekin him­self was charged with three counts of traf­fick­ing, pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by pro­ceeds of crime, and unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm as a re­sult of the raid.

Also charged were: Jar­rett Ran­dall Shrum, 31, of Bed­ford, faces 17 charges, in­clud­ing traf­fick­ing co­caine and mar­i­juana and pos­ses­sion of a pro­hib­ited firearm with read­ily avail­able am­mu­ni­tion.

Nor­man Arthur Lawrence, 46, of West­phal, has been charged with seven of­fences, in­clud­ing three counts of traf­fick­ing.

Josh Robert By­ers, 42, of Hal­i­fax; Brandon Richard Lively, 29, of Beaver Bank; and Con­nor Brian Haryett, 26, of Dartmouth, all face three counts of traf­fick­ing.

Justin Wade Wile, 31, of Wind­sor, and Bryan Ja­cob Cana­van, 25, of MacKay Set­tle­ment, have both been charged with traf­fick­ing in mar­i­juana and cannabis resin, and Gil­lian Sarah Samp­son, 28, of Antigo­nish, has been charged with traf­fick­ing in mar­i­juana.

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