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Police shut down Toronto warehouse supplying illicit cannabis products

"This is the first time we've seen a significant quantity of edibles seized," said York police Const. Andy Pattenden.

Vaughan man charged in connection with investigation

York police say that a warehouse in Toronto was being used to store cannabis products that were being broken down and repackaged for sale at an illegal dispensary. (CBC)

York police have charged a Vaughan man with drug-related offences and shut down a warehouse in Toronto that was allegedly being used to supply an illicit dispensary in the city with various cannabis products, including edibles.

According to Const. Andy Pattenden, the accused — a 42-year-old man from Vaughan — was under surveillance by York police, who suspected him of dealing various kinds of drugs in Vaughan. 

Then, on Thursday, officers following the man allegedly watched him make a "suspicious transaction" at an industrial warehouse in the area of Keele Street and Steeles Avenue W. in Toronto. 

When they arrested him that night, police found "business documentation" that led them to a cannabis paraphernalia shop in the heart of Kensington Market, Lit Paper and Glass. There, officers allegedly found a "fully-stock dispensary operating behind the front" of the shop. 

The store has been shut down as police investigate. 

Meanwhile, York police went back to the warehouse and discovered it was being used to store a "large quantity" of various cannabis products, including edibles, Pattenden said. The products were being broken down and re-packaged for sale at the illicit dispensary in Kensington Market. 

"This is the first time we've seen a significant quantity of edibles seized," Pattenden told CBC Toronto. 

The investigation is ongoing, and it's not yet clear if the warehouse may have been supplying other illegal dispensaries as well, he added. Similarly, it has not been determined if the man who York police have charged owned the dispensary where the products were sold.

Pattenden said York police intend to provide an update on the investigation next week. 

The man has been charged with: 

  • Possession of cannabis for distribution.
  • Distribute illicit cannabis.
  • Possession of proceeds obtained by crime.