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Richmond RCMP discover illegal marijuana operations

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:11 PDT, Thu June 17, 2021

Last Updated: 3:32 PDT, Thu June 17, 2021

Richmond RCMP have discovered illegal marijuana operations within the city, following searches of two homes.

The first search happened May 7 at a home in the 8000 block of Demorest Drive, which was allegedly operating as a marijuana brokerage. Investigators located and seized items including 260 pounds of marijuana, 900 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 400 grams of suspected fentanyl and a firearm.

A second search warrant was issued on an apartment in the 10000 block of River Drive on May 17, where an alleged illegal marijuana dispensary was operating. Investigators located and seized various items from the residence including 167 pounds of bulk and commercially packaged marijuana, 3.5 kilograms of mushrooms, and thousands of commercially packaged psilocybin infused edibles.

At this point, the two investigations do not appear to be connected. However, Richmond RCMP continue to receive reports regarding illegal marijuana operations. These operations often have a nexus to organized crime and pose a potential risk to public safety.

Richmond RCMP want to remind the public and specifically landlords of potential signs to watch for:

• Strange odours
• Covered windows
• Lots of individuals coming and going from the residence.

While marijuana has been legalized in Canada, some dispensaries continue to operate illegally.
Anyone who may have witnessed, or have information regarding these files, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca.

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