Police believe a significant drug bust in Paradise is linked to organized crime.
The RNC seized about 87 pounds of marijuana in the Elizabeth Park neighbourhood on Tuesday night, valued at more than $750,000.
Louis Trung Huynh, 22, was the only person arrested, but RNC Chief Robert Johnston says the suspect couldn’t have been acting alone.
"Certainly we know that this is a result of organized criminal activity," said Johnston.
He says the volume and value of the weed is proof of that. To collect, move and hide that much product takes organization and cash, Johnston says, indicating this isn't a typical gram-on-the-corner operation.
"My experience tells me that when we see the type of seizure we have before us, it's organized," Johnston said.
Huynh had a Newfoundland driver’s license on him when he was arrested, but also had a New Brunswick license with a different name and date of birth.
During questioning, Huynh also gave police an address in Ontario.
Since Huynh is a Vietnamese-Canadian, officers are investigating whether he is connected to Asian gangs on the mainland, which often control large scale marijuana grow-ops.
Meanwhile, the RNC wants the public to note that drug operations are increasingly found in basement apartments in quiet residential neighbourhoods, rented from unsuspecting landlords to hide drugs.
Johnston explains that suspicious activity can mean a lot of things. For example, paying rent in cash would qualify as suspicious, as would an apartment that has all of its windows covered or looks vacant most of the time.
However, Johnston cautions that people witnessing that sort of activity should not try to investigate it themselves, but call the RNC.