Montreal police bust illegal cannabis ring

Montreal police say they’ve busted a cannabis ring in one of the first major operations targeting illegal cannabis trafficking since the drug was made legal on Oct. 17.

6 people arrested in one of 1st major efforts to stem illegal cannabis networks since legalization

Police raided four illegal cannabis plantations in the first crackdown on illegal cannabis operations since the drug was legalized on Oct. 17. (Radio-Canada)

Montreal police say they've busted a cannabis ring in one of the first major operations targeting illegal cannabis trafficking since the drug was made legal on Oct. 17.

Six people were arrested and released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

Officers from the organized crime section of the Montreal police service (SPVM) conducted 14 searches and raided four illegal cannabis plantations on Tuesday.

They searched locations in Montreal, Brossard, Laval and Mascouche, as well as in the municipalities of Lake Superior, Saint-Barthélemy, Sainte-Ursule and Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm.

Police seized:

  •  970 cannabis plants.
  •  $14,000 Cdn.
  •  One handgun.
  •  Three vehicles: a compact loader, a backhoe and a bulldozer.

The total value of the seized property was $1.56 million, said the SPVM in a news release.

Police said one of the producers held a licence to produce and sell cannabis for medicinal purposes but was selling the product on the black market.

They also targeted a cocaine production and distribution network.

The operation was carried out with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec, and police services in Laval, Longueuil and Mascouche, as well as with the collaboration of Hydro-Québec.