Three illegal cannabis stores shut down in Niagara, one in Fort Erie

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have shut down three illegal cannabis storefronts in Niagara Region, including one in Fort Erie. The stores were raided as part of an operation by the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET), which targets and investigates the sale and distribution of illicit cannabis.

The raids on March 7, 2024, saw police seize a large quantity of illegal products with a street value of over $230,000. Confiscated items included dried cannabis, pre-rolled joints, cannabis edibles, THC vape pens, hashish, and a significant amount of contraband tobacco.

Three individuals were arrested and charged with offenses under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Cannabis Act. Those arrested included a 26-year-old Niagara Falls resident, a 28-year-old Thorold resident, and a 38-year-old resident of Burford, Ontario, who were later released from custody.

They are expected to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice this April.

The OPP emphasized that these unlicensed stores threaten public safety. “Unlicensed cannabis stores pose a risk to public safety through sales of products that are untested, unregulated and marketed in a way that can be more appealing to youth,” said Detective Inspector Anne Goodwin of the PJFCET.

This investigation, which was supported by Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) and the Contraband Tobacco Enforcement Team (CTET), is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the illegal sale of cannabis in Fort Erie or across Niagara is encouraged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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