Burnaby man arrested in 'sophisticated' cannabis distribution operation

Police have arrested a 37-year-old Burnaby man in relation to a Port Moody police illicit cannabis investigation.

Last summer, Port Moody police announced they had busted a “sophisticated illegal cannabis distribution operation” working out of a suite in an apartment tower in Port Moody.

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A Surrey man was arrested and about $75,000 worth of cannabis products seized, police reported at the time.

Last Tuesday, after continued investigation into the case, two more search warrants were executed, according to a Port Moody police press release.

One was at a residence in Burnaby and the other was at a small warehouse in Vancouver. 

A 37-year-old Burnaby man was arrested during the search of the home.

Approximately 9.2 kilograms of illicit cannabis was located during these searches, including pills and edibles, according to police.

The combined value of the seized items, including three vehicles and cash, is estimated at $320,000. 

Police said evidence gathered suggests that products were being shipped not just in B.C. but across Canada.

Charges have not yet been approved and the matter is still under investigation, police said.

“When purchasing cannabis or cannabis products through unlicensed sources, consumers may be unwittingly supporting organized crime,” stated the release. “They may also be putting themselves at risk by consuming products that are manufactured in unregulated environments.”

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