York Regional Police investigators have charged one man and shut down an illegal cannabis distribution operation.
In February 2019, an investigation began into a suspect who was believed to be trafficking drugs in Vaughan. On Feb. 28, investigators observed the suspect in a suspicious transaction at a commercial building in the area of Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West. The suspect was placed under arrest and officers found that he was in possession of more than $6,000 in currency, 400 grams of cannabis flower and business documentation related to a dispensary located in Toronto.
Investigators executed a search warrant at the commercial building and located what is believed to be a cannabis warehouse, that was storing and packaging cannabis products for resale. Officers will be processing all of the cannabis and cannabis-related products over the next few days.
As the investigation continued, police were led to a retail store located at 191 Baldwin Road in Toronto. A search warrant was executed at Lit Paper and Glass, where investigators located a fully- stocked dispensary operating behind the front of a cannabis paraphernalia store. Cannabis and cannabis-related products have been seized and will be processed by investigators.
“Yet again, we find that the cannabis black market continues to flourish,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “Since the legalization of cannabis on October 17, 2018, the increasing demand is creating additional opportunities for organized crime to be a supplier. We need our citizens to continue to report suspected illegal activity and we will investigate.”
Emil Mikhailov, 42, of Vaughan, has been charged with possession of cannabis for distribution, distributing illicit cannabis and possession of proceeds obtained by crime. The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.