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RCMP arrest three, shut down B.C. cannabis distributor

Jun 7, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Officers seized 180 kilograms of cannabis from the address in a residential neighbourhood.

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An investigation into an alleged B.C.-based “marijuana brokerage” that began last year has resulted in three arrests.

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“The safety and protection of our community is of paramount concern to the Richmond RCMP,” an RCMP spokesperson said in a statement.

“Investigations into illegal marijuana operations are complex and highly specialized, but can often have a nexus to organized crime and poses a potential risk to public safety,” the spokesperson added.

Last year, six people were charged after a string of major clandestine drug lab busts in the city of about 217,000. Large quantities of amphetamines, fentanyl and other drugs, including 10 kilograms of cannabis, were seized over the course of that investigation.

In 2020, several large commercial properties in Richmond were raided by police as part of a cannabis investigation. A police spokesperson said the raids resulted in several arrests and the probe was for possible crimes under the Cannabis Act.

Since 2018, Richmond has opted to prohibit the retail sale of cannabis within city boundaries.

“The city will vigorously enforce its bylaws should any retail cannabis outlet attempt to operate within Richmond. Local residents wishing to purchase non-medical cannabis can do so through the province’s online distribution centre or licensed outlets elsewhere in British Columbia,” notes an information page for the city.

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