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RCMP officers find 10 garbage bags of magic mushrooms and cannabis in B.C.

Nov 16, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Raid in small community also revealed nine firearms

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A recent weapons raid by Mounties in B.C. revealed a few extra offences after officers discovered 10 bags stuffed with magic mushrooms and cannabis in the aptly named town of Greenwood.

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With a population of 669, Greenwood, which Boundary Country calls Canada’s smallest city, attracted some big attention from the police earlier this week.

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Midway RCMP received assistance from local, district and national officers with general, weapons, forensic, crisis negotiation and containment expertise while executing a search warrant on the rural property on Nov. 14.

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“The search warrant was executed in order to seize multiple firearms on the property,” Midway RCMP notes in a statement, adding that multiple resources were needed “due to the nature of the investigation.”

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Once inside, officers found a “massive” amount of weed and psilocybin along with anticipated guns, according to Global News.

In all, police confiscated nine firearms, including a prohibited firearm, all of which are “being processed for forensic evidence,” eight garbage bags containing psilocybin mushrooms and two plastic containers of cannabis.

As a result of the find, two men and a woman from Greenwood, aged 64, 35 and 69, have been arrested for assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and uttering threats as a result of the investigation.

All accused have since been released from custody with multiple conditions, including not possessing any firearms or ammunition.

Further charges could be laid

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The RCMP will also be forwarding a detailed report to Crown counsel regarding firearm offences, possession for the purpose of trafficking cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms and production of a controlled substance under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act.

The police probe is continuing.

When possession of a firearm or ammunition is tried as an indictable offence, many such charges, including unauthorized possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm, “carry maximum penalties of five to 10 years in prison,” according to Mass Tsang LLP.

With regards to cannabis, information from the federal government notes that possession over the legal limit can result in tickets for small amounts and up to five years of jail, less a day, for large amounts.

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As for psilocybin, “the maximum penalties for smuggling psychedelic drugs are the same as for trafficking, up to 10 years for Schedule III drugs,” according to Dhanu Dhaliwal Law Group.

Drugs and garbage bags should not mix

The B.C. bust is hardly the first time drugs have been discovered in garbage bags.

Earlier this month in Ireland, more than 100 bags of waste from an illegal cannabis grow were discovered tossed by the side of a road.

Just this past October in the U.K., a report by a concerned citizen that something fishy was going on along a road Ingham ended with the cops finding 30 to 40 discarded cannabis plants.

And in the fall of 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a rental van that reportedly reeked of weed and discovered why: more than 70 garbage bags stuffed with cannabis.

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