Bylaw officers confiscated a shipment of around 1,000 masks that they allegedly arranged to buy from a Richmond man in a sting operation on Tuesday.
The 22-year-old student was given a $1,000 ticket for running a business without a licence.
He told Global News he ordered the masks before rules outlawing the sale of medical supplies came into effect, and that he intended to distribute the masks at cost to his Facebook friends.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth has called black market sales that capitalize on the COVID-19 crisis “absolutely unacceptable.”
“It’s reprehensible at a time like this that people try to take advantage of critical supplies,” he said.
The City of Richmond told Global News that Tuesday’s sting was the third alleged resale operation they’ve taken down.
While there have been examples of British Columbians re-selling medical masks and other items, there have also been many Good Samaritans who have donated supplies to health-care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.View link »