OPP raid 7 illegal dispensaries, seize 63 kg of flower, 500 vape pens, 7 arrested

| Morton Robertson

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say they executed search warrants at seven illicit cannabis storefronts in southern Ontario, seizing cannabis, cannabis products, and psilocybin.

An OPP-led Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PFCET) executed nine search warrants in Barrie, St. Catharines, Vaughan, Toronto, and Brampton on February 6. This included several storefront locations as well as a residence in Toronto and a suspect’s vehicle.

The storefronts raided were Bayfield Bongs in Barrie, St. Paul Smoke Shop in St. Catharines, Farmers Link in Vaughan, The Planet 60, Kingston Chronic, and Lawrence Smoke Shop in Toronto, and B Loud Cannabis in Brampton. All of these businesses still have active websites as of publication of this article, except for Kingston Chronic. 

Police say they seized 63 kilograms of dried cannabis flower, 901 packages of cannabis edibles, over 500 THC vape pens, 214 grams of butane hash oil, 436 grams of hashish, almost 300 packages of psilocybin, cell phones, $500,000 in Canadian currency and brass knuckles.

Seven individuals were arrested with a total of 26 offences. They are scheduled to appear before an Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Feb. 26, 2024. The investigation is ongoing.

Screenshot of products available in one of the illicit stores’ online shop