Two marijuana dispensaries and an outdoor marijuana operation dismantled

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit executed warrants on October 3, at two more illegal marijuana dispensaries. Seizures were also made across the city from several outdoor marijuana grow operations.

The warrants were conducted at 973 Montreal Road and 391 Bank Street.

Items seized from the illegal storefronts included: marijuana, THC concentrate (“Shatter”), edibles in various forms, cash, and instruments of sales.

Eight people, six males and two females, were arrested and charged with a variety of offences including: possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

All were released from custody on promises to appear and undertakings.

The investigation into illegal marijuana dispensaries is ongoing.

Items seized from the outdoor grow operations included just over 1200lbs of marijuana plants.

“The Provincial Government has made it clear that independent storefronts will not be part of a legal framework in Ontario” said Staff Sgt Rick Carey, of the Ottawa Police Drug Unit. “These storefronts are now and will continue to be illegal operations and property owners need to be aware that they could face serious repercussions for allowing them to continue to operate. We will continue to investigate dispensaries as complaints come forward.”

Anyone with information regarding drug complaints is encouraged to contact the Ottawa Police Service at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300. Reports can also be made online at: https://www.ottawapolice.ca/en/contact-us/Online-Reporting.asp

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.

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