Le­gal cannabis not slow­ing crime

York Re­gional Po­lice chief cites or­ga­nized crime

Richmond Hill Post - - News - By Ron John­son

In­ves­ti­ga­tors with York Re­gional Po­lice ( YRP), Or­ga­nized Crime Bureau, Guns, Gangs and Drug En­force­ment Unit, have been kept busy fol­low­ing the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis with two re­cent in­ci­dents in York Re­gion.

On Feb. 18, YRP seized 150 pounds of cannabis with a street value of more than $680,000.

“Since the le­gal­iza­tion of cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018, the in­creas­ing de­mand is cre­at­ing ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties for or­ga­nized crime to be a sup­plier,” said Chief Eric Jol­liffe. “York Re­gional Po­lice is com­mit­ted to keep­ing our com­mu­nity safe, and we need our cit­i­zens to con­tinue to come for­ward to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity in their neigh­bour­hoods.”

Ac­cord­ing to YRP, on Feb. 18, shortly af­ter 2:30 p.m., an of­fi­cer on gen­eral pa­trol in Markham de­tained a ve­hi­cle that failed to stop for a stop sign. Upon in­ves­ti­gat­ing, the pas­sen­ger sur­ren­dered cannabis in her pos­ses­sion, and the of­fi­cer sub­se­quently lo­cated seven pounds of ad­di­tional cannabis in vac­uum-sealed bags. A search war­rant was ex­e­cuted at a res­i­dence in Toronto when of­fi­cers stopped a van that was leav­ing the res­i­dence and lo­cated more than 100 pounds of cannabis in­side the ve­hi­cle. Within the res­i­dence, in­ves­ti­ga­tors lo­cated ap­prox­i­mately 50 pounds of ad­di­tional pack­aged cannabis. Four peo­ple have been charged with pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of dis­tribut­ing cannabis, ac­cord­ing to a YRP re­port. In late Jan­uary, a stan­dard fire code safety in­spec­tion un­cov­ered a cannabis grow fa­cil­ity that was li­censed for 1,752 plants but con­tained more than 6,000.

“These in­ves­ti­ga­tions raise sig­nif­i­cant con­cerns as there is once again a bla­tant dis­re­gard for li­censed grow lim­its,” said Jol­liffe.

Three male sus­pects were ar­rested at the scene and have since been charged.

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