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Vancouver police bust ‘multimillion-dollar’ cannabis oil labs

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Vancouver Police have shut down a multi-million dollar drug operation after executing search warrants on two illicit cannabis oil labs. Jill Bennett reports – Jul 23, 2019

Vancouver police say they’ve busted a pair of illegal cannabis oil facilities, “shutting down a multimillion-dollar drug operation.”

Police said officers executed a pair of search warrants at the two warehouses in an industrial area near Oak Street and Marine Drive, which they believe were being used as “butane honey oil labs.”

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Investigators believe operators used the labs to extract THC and produce high-potency oils and concentrates, which were sold to rogue dispensaries and on the black market.

In a media release, VPD Const. Steve Addison described the facilities as “very large and sophisticated illegal operations.”

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“Although cannabis can now be legally purchased from government-regulated and approved retailers, we will not tolerate anyone who tries to cash in by breaking the law and putting the public at risk,” he said.

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Police seized cannabis products including oils, balms, edibles, shatter and shake, in addition to lab equipment, said Addison.

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Under the Cannabis Act, using organic solvents such as butane to extract THC is not allowed. Police say that’s because such solvents are highly volatile, and pose a danger of explosions.

Addison said police expect to recommend multiple charges once the investigation wraps.

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