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OPP, Chippewa police raid illegal pot dispensary

From The London Free Press link to article by Free Press Staff Dec 21st 2018

Two people are facing drug charges after police raided an illegal pot dispensary in Chippewa of the Thames First Nation on Thursday.

Middlesex County OPP says its officers, in conjunction with the First Nation’s police, raided a marijuana dispensary on Three Fires Road, arresting two men and seizing cannabis products, including edibles. No dollar amount was released on the property seized.

The two men were charged with possession for the purpose of selling, an offence under the federal Cannabis Act that carries up to 14 years in prison. They are expected to appear in court at a later date, police said.

The OPP-led raid comes a week after police also raided an illegal dispensary in London, where they charged five people and arrested a number of customers. The customers were later released unconditionally.

As part of that raid, conducted with London police, the OPP seized more than $20,000 in cannabis products.

“The OPP is continuing to lead an enforcement strategy which includes other Ontario police services,” the OPP said in a press release. “The focus of the strategy is to dismantle organized crime groups, eliminate the illegal cannabis supply, remove illegal cannabis enterprises such as storefronts and online, and target the proceeds of crime and assets.”

Adults in Ontario can legally buy recreational marijuana only from the government-run delivery service, the Ontario Cannabis Store, until bricks-and-mortar stores open in April.

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