Police shut down illegal alcohol, cannabis storefront

Three men face charges after police shut down an illegal Markham store where alcohol and cannabis products were being sold.

York Regional Police began investigating a commercial unit at 145 Royal Crest Ct. in mid-November and discovered regular customers were purchasing liquor and beer there.

Police executed a search warrant at the commercial unit on January 30 and found more than $100,000 worth of alcohol in a storefront, as well as alcohol stored in moving trucks. Investigators believe the alcohol was being purchased in Quebec and transported to Markham for sale.

They also found various cannabis and CBD oil products that were pre-packaged for sale. Investigators obtained a Cannabis Act search warrant, under which they seized CBD oil, packaging materials, cannabis edibles, dried cannabis and pre-packaged CBD vaping cartridges.

Anil Anand, 56, of Brampton and Ramandeep Singh, 28, of Toronto have been charged with keeping/selling/offering liquor for sale. Bill Tsetsekas, 56, of Markham has been charged with possession of cannabis for purpose of distribution, unauthorized production of cannabis, and possession for use in production or distribution of illicit cannabis.

The investigation continues. For more information, contact the Auto/Cargo Theft Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 6651, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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