Back to Back First Nations Pot Shop Busts Land 3 Behind Bars

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(HENVEY INLET FIRST NATIONS, ON)ย โ€“ On January 4, 2019, members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the North East Region Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), West Parry Sound Crime Unit and the West Parry Sound Detachment, executed a search warrant at an illegal cannabis storefront on Highway 69 in Henvey Inlet First Nations, Ontario.

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As a result of the warrant being executed, police seized suspected cannabis bud, hash and edibles. The estimated street value of the cannabis seized is approximately $33,730. Police also seized $229 of Canadian currency.

David BRENNAN, a 39 year-old male from Sudbury, Ontario was arrested and charged with Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, contrary to section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act (CA).

The accused was released with an Appearance Notice and is scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

Also, on January 4, 2019, members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the North East Region Community Street Crimes Unit (CSCU), West Parry Sound Crime Unit and the West Parry Sound Detachment, executed a search warrant at an illegal cannabis storefront on Bekanon Road in Henvey Inlet First Nations, Ontario.

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As a result of the warrant being executed, police seized suspected cannabis bud, shatter and edibles. The estimated street value of the cannabis seized is approximately $157,230. Police also seized $3,250 of Canadian currency.

Jessie MCAVOY, a 20 year-old male from Valley East, Ontario was arrested and charged with Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, contrary to section 10(2) of the Cannabis Act (CA).

Neil HERBERT, a 39 year-old male from Sudbury, Ontario was charged with Allowing property to be used for unlawful sale or distribution, contrary to section 13(1) of the Canada Cannabis Act 2017(CCA2017).

The accused were released with an Appearance Notice and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Parry Sound, Ontario on February 28, 2019.

The OPP enjoys a respectful working relationship with all of our First Nations policing partners. The OPP and its partners continue to work with communities and engage all stakeholders with respect to enforcement action on illegal cannabis storefronts.

The OPP is continuing to lead an enforcement strategy which includes other Ontario police services. This strategy will reflect actionable intelligence on illegal cannabis operations.

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The focus of the strategy is to dismantle organized crime groups, eliminate the illegal cannabis supply, remove illegal cannabis enterprises such as store fronts and online, and target the proceeds of crime and assets.

Any person with information regarding this incident or any other illegal pot shops should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122 or their nearest police authority.

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