Two arrested in two dispensary raids in New Brunswick

| Morton Robertson

Peace officers with the New Brunswick Department of Justice and Public Safety say they have arrested two people and seized contraband cannabis and other illegal products from two unlicensed cannabis stores.

Authorities seized about 3 kg of dried cannabis, several hundred grams of hash, cannabis edibles, cannabis extracts, and vape pens, as well as cash, an ATM, and more. Both of those arrested were released with a future court date. 

Officers executed a search warrant on March 6 at Cloud Nine Vape (formerly Isla’s Emporium) at 10 Germain St. in Saint John.

A 37-year-old man was arrested and faces two charges under the federal Cannabis Act. He has been released and will appear in court at a later date. In that raid, officers seized:

  • 1.5 kilograms of dried cannabis
  • 211 grams of hashish
  • 21 vape pens containing THC
  • 66 flavoured nicotine pens
  • 42 cannabis edibles
  • 17 distillate cartridges
  • 13 jars and 24 packs of cannabis shatter
  • two cell phones
  • two scales
  • $345 in cash

Then, two days later, on March 8, peace officers executed a search warrant at the Hydrostop at 361 Baig Blvd. in Moncton.

A 41-year-old woman from Moncton was arrested and faces one charge under the Cannabis Act. She has also been released and will appear in court at a later date. Officers seized:

  • 2.4 kilograms of dried cannabis
  • 52.6 grams of hashish
  • 206 cannabis edibles
  • 50 packs of cannabis resin/shatter
  • 39 THC/CBD bath salts and soaps
  • 37 cannabis vapes
  • 13 THC/CBD oils
  • three packs of cannabis seeds
  • 131 cannabis joints
  • four packs of contraband cigarettes
  • one ATM
  • $1,119 in cash

This fiscal year, peace officers in New Brunswick say they have investigated and shut down 23 illegal cannabis dispensaries across the province.

Recently, two people were arrested and product was seized from an unlicensed dispensary in Saint John in January, as well. 

Cannabis NB and provincially licensed private retail stores are permitted to sell cannabis in the province. Only these approved retailers offer regulated cannabis products that are approved by Health Canada and sourced by Cannabis NB.

There are 25 Cannabis NB stores in the province, plus a handful of privately-run cannabis stores.