Drug export investigation leads to seizure of commercial cannabis and psilocybin “drug lab”

Kawartha Lakes OPP say they uncovered a “drug lab” in Burnt River, Ontario in May, seizing processed and packaged cannabis and psilocybin.

The investigation that lead to the raid followed a drug exportation investigation with the assistance of Canada Post postal inspectors and the Canada Border Services Agency.

A Kawartha Lakes man is now facing charges related to that raid, including importing and exporting cannabis, possession for the purpose of exporting, exporting a schedule III Substance and possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of export.

According to police, the raid was conducted on May 18, after a lengthy investigation 

Kevin Lawson, 60, of the City of Kawartha Lakes (in the former Somerville Township) was arrested and charged with importing and exporting cannabis, possession for the purpose of exporting, exporting a schedule III Substance and possession of a Schedule III substance for the purpose of export.

Police seized 200 packages of psilocybin (20 grams per package), 1,000 packages of cannabis products (20 grams per package), and cell phones, computer hard drives with USBs, and thousands of shipping and cannabis product labels.

“The warrant was issued following a drug exportation investigation with the assistance of Canada Post postal inspectors and the Canada Border Services Agency, where it was determined that packages containing drugs were being shipped internationally,” OPP noted in a media release.

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