Illegal Pot Shop Gets Popped

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(KENORA, ON) โ€“ย On May 10, 2019, members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with members of the North West Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a search warrant at a local business identified as Winnipeg River Naturals located on Highway 17E in the City of Kenora, Ontario.

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As a result of the warrant, police seized a number of Cannabis based edibles and non-edibles, Cannabis Oils, Cannabis plants in various stages, computers, financial records and an undisclosed amount of cash.ย Police arrested and charged the business owner and one employee for offences under the Cannabis Act.

Jaye Lynn WESLEY, 48-years-old, from Kenora, Ontario was charged with:

  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, contrary to section 10(2) and
  • Sale of Cannabis to an adult without authority contrary to section 10(1) (a).

Roderick ALLISON, 66-years-old, from Kenora, Ontario was charged with:

  • Possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling, contrary to section 10(2),
  • Sale of Cannabis to an adult without authority contrary to section 10(1) (a);
  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four cannabis plants contrary to section 12(4) (b).

Both accused were released on an Appearance Notice and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice, in Kenora on May 16, 2019.

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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.ย This strategy will reflect actionable intelligence on illegal cannabis operations.

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 should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Source: OPP

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