Legal cannabis not slowing crime
York Regional Police chief cites organized crime
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.