Charges laid as more than 150 pounds of cannabis seized

York Regional Police investigators have charged four people with possession for the purpose of distributing cannabis.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 18, an officer on general patrol in Markham stopped a vehicle that failed to stop for a stop sign on Aldergrove Road. As the officer was investigating the occupants of the vehicle, the passenger surrendered cannabis that she had in her possession. Officers then located more than seven pounds of cannabis packed in vacuum sealed bags within the vehicle. The driver and the passenger were both arrested and have been charged.

As the investigation continued, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Toronto. Officers stopped a van that was leaving the residence and located more than 100 pounds of cannabis inside the vehicle. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and have been charged. Within the residence, investigators located approximately 50 pounds of additional packaged cannabis.

The total street value of the drugs seized is more than $680,000.

“Since the legalization of cannabis on October 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.”

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7817, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips, or leave an anonymous tip online at 1800222tips.com.

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