Montreal police bust illegal cannabis ring

Montreal police bust illegal cannabis ring
Police dismantle illegal drug operation in Montreal
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.

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 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.

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.

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Police say they have arrested six people in connection with a cocaine and illegal cannabis network operating out of Montreal.

Montreal police say this is one of the first major cases involving illicit cannabis since recreational marijuana became legal on Oct. 17.

Police say they conducted searches in 14 locations in Montreal, Brossard, Laval, Mascouche and in the municipalities of Lac Supérieur, Saint-Barthélemy, Sainte-Ursule and Saint-Donat-de-Montcalm.

The investigation revealed that one of the producers held a licence to produce and sell cannabis for medical purposes, but sold the product on the black market.

The investigation was carried out with the cooperation of several other police forces, namely the Sûreté du Québec and the Laval, Longueuil and Mascouche police departments. They also worked in collaboration with Hydro-Québec.

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