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6 Regina pot dispensaries facing charges after police raids

As a result of the searches, police said they seized a substantial amount of evidence of illegal drug trafficking, cash and evidence of illegal commercial business activity. Getty Images

The Regina Police Service (RPS) are anticipating charges to be laid after six drug-searches in the city were carried out on March 28.

As part of an extensive drug investigation, RPS members executed Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) warrants, without incident, at around 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday at the following locations:

  • 1353 Cornwall St.
  • 2139 Albert St.
  • 1857 Park St.
  • 1920 C Francis St.
  • 828 Dewdney Ave.
  • 6300 Dewdney Ave.

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RPS was assisted in the searches by members of the province’s Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods program (SCAN).

As a result of the searches, police said they seized a substantial amount of evidence of illegal drug trafficking, cash and evidence of illegal commercial business activity.

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Although there were individuals who were temporarily detained while the searches continued, no charges were laid, however, it’s anticipated there will be charges laid once the investigation concludes.

This complex operation was preceded by a public education campaign which included:

  • A news conference on January 24;
  • A webpage hosted on the RPS website;
  • Letters delivered to the operators of illegal storefronts selling cannabis; and
  • Letters to the owners of the properties where these businesses were located.

The public education campaign was implemented to achieve compliance with existing Canadian legislation.

The majority of dispensaries had complied with the request to discontinue their cannabis sales, and those that did not, were subject to further investigation which led to the six CDSA searches.

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RPS said the investigation will continue and will include a consultation with the federal Crown.

At this time, charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.