June 14, 2018 11:06 am
Updated: June 14, 2018 9:03 pm

More than $600K of drugs seized after illegal online dispensary shut down

WATCH ABOVE: Police have arrested three men in connection with what they call a "brazen drug-trafficking operation" in Edmonton. Fletcher Kent reports.

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An illegal online dispensary police said was operating out of Edmonton has been shut down, and over $600,000 worth of illegal drugs seized after an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT).

On June 4, ALERT members searched a home in west Edmonton that was allegedly associated to the website CannabisCanada.Today. According to ALERT, the website claimed to be an “online supplier of premium cannabis products.”

A screenshot of the cannabiscanada.today website.

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The total value of the drugs seized is estimated at $618,000, and included:

  • 34 kilograms of dried, packaged cannabis;
  •  2.73 kilograms of cannabis resin in one-gram packages;
  • 1.7 kilograms of cocaine;
  • 1.1 kilograms of psilocybin mushrooms;
  • 616 grams of cannabis oil and concentrates;
  • 42 packages of cannabis-infused candies; and
  • 40 grams of cannabis isolate powder.

Police also said they found packaging and marketing material from the website as well as $50,000 in cash, proceeds of crime and two vehicles.

Kevin Melnychuk, 33, Jared Melnychuk, 33, and Cory Gibeau, 32, face multiple charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.

Kevin Melnychuk (left) and Jared Melnychuk (right).

Obtained by Global News

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The three have been released from custody pending their next court appearance.

Police are warning anyone who may have purchased through the website that it is not a licensed cannabis producer, as per the Health Canada regulations.

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Police believe the website was operating for less than a year.

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