Search warrant carried out on marihuana storefront
On Thursday March 9, 2017, a search warrant was carried out on a Nanaimo marihuana storefront resulting in the arrest of two adults, the seizure of fifteen pounds of marhuana and 2000 dollars in Canadian currency.
The storefront referred to as Natures Source dispensary and located at 640 5th St was searched by officers with the Nanaimo Projects Team assisted by officers from the Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit. Two adult employees found in the business were arrested for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.Both were later released on a Promise to Appear with their first appearance set in Nanaimo Provincial Court on August 8, 2017.
Along with the marihuana and cash a variety of oils and marihuana edibles were also seized. The storefront did not re-open on Friday March 10th.
“This storefront was located approximately 500 metres from an elementary school and it was generating significant foot and vehicle traffic. Nearby residents had also made their displeasure known to investigators about the storefront and the impact it was having on their neighbourhood,” said Constable Gary O’Brien. Taking these factors into consideration officers felt enforcement action was necessary at this time. Other storefronts operating illegally within the City of Nanaimo continue to be monitored and all are aware that enforcement action can be taken at any time.” said O’Brien.