Toronto Police Services raid numerous Cannabis Culture locations, residences in coordinated multi-city raid

Raids conducted against 7 stores in 3 cities, charges include Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence, Possession for the Purpose Schedule II, more

A Toronto Police Services project targeting Cannabis Culture dispensaries resulted in raids of seven Cannabis Culture locations in Toronto, Hamilton, and Vancouver today. Warrants were also executed at private residences in Toronto, Stoney Creek (near Hamilton) and Vancouver.

Seventeen charges have been filed against five people involved with the Cannabis Culture business. Toronto Police Services issued a statement this morning saying Project Gator was a project “targeting marijuana dispensaries.” It is unknown if other dispensaries will be targeted under Project Gator. According to TPS, the five arrested are scheduled to appear in court at Toronto’s Old City Hall on Friday, March 10, 2017, 10 a.m., room 103.

A raid was also conducted against Bank Street Cannabis Culture in Ottawa. Police say it was not part of Toronto Police’s Project Gator, just timed to coincide. According to Ottawa police, five people were also arrested and charged at the dispensary. All accused persons were released on a Promise to Appear.

Names are not being released at this time so as not to jeopardize the integrity of the ongoing investigation. Ottawa police say investigations related to illegal storefronts will continue. Seized items listed were marijuana, THC Oil, THC Shatter, hashish, CBD Oil, one Laptop, digital scales and $1850.00.

Tousaw Law, representing Cannabis Culture, released a statement calling the arrests the “latest salvo in Canada’s senseless war on cannabis and cannabis consumers is a moral outrage and has no place in a free and democratic society”.

UPDATED: TPS released an extensive update on Project Gator that can be read here. It notes this multi-jurisdictional project involved officers from Peterborough, Ottawa, Vancouver and RCMP E Division, as well as the work of the Organized Crime Enforcement Clandestine Lab Section.

“Project Gator was designed to disrupt a large franchise operation of alleged high-level drug traffickers,” said Toronto Drug Squad Acting Inspector Steve Watts. “The public should know that this isn’t an altruistic venture, this is purely a profit-motivated venture. Anyone with a prescription for marijuana can go through Health Canada, who have an abundant supply.”

The charges in Project Gator below:

Marc Emery, 59, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offense
2) Three counts of Trafficking Schedule II
3) Five counts of Possession for the Purpose Schedule II
4) Five counts of Possession of Proceeds of Crime
5) Fail-to-Comply Recognizance

Jodie Emery, 32, of Vancouver, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offense
2) Trafficking Schedule II
3) Possession for the Purpose Schedule II
4) Two counts of Possession Proceeds of Crime

Chris Goodwin, 37, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offense
2) Possession for the Purpose Schedule II
3) Possession Proceeds of Crime

Erin Goodwin, 31, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offense
2) Fail-to-Comply Recognizance

Britney Guerra, 29, of Stoney Creek, was arrested and charged with:

1) Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offense
2) Three counts of Possession for the Purpose Schedule II
3) Three counts of Possession Proceeds of Crime

In Toronto, warrants were executed at the following Cannabis Culture locations:

– 461 Church Street
– 801 Queen Street West
– 711 Queen Street East
– 365 King Street West
– 3440 Lake Shore Boulevard West

In Hamilton, a warrant was executed at the following Cannabis Culture location:

– 275 King Street East

In Vancouver, a warrant was executed at the following Cannabis Culture location:

– 307 West Hastings Street

Featured image via @JacquieAMiller

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