The York Regional Police report that during a “routine” traffic stop they discovered multiple bags containing more than 360 pounds of cannabis.
According to a release, on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, shortly after 4 am, an officer pulled over a white van on Highway 407 in the Ninth Line area.
“While speaking with the driver and passenger, the officer noticed multiple duffel bags throughout the van,” police say, in the release. “Further investigation revealed that the bags contained more than 360 pounds of cannabis. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and have since been charged.”
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Police have charged suspects Alan Dang, 32, from Montreal, Quebec and Boxuan Gu, 36, Westmount, Quebec with Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Distribution.
Law enforcement estimate that the total street value of the drugs seized is more than $1.6 million.
“This seizure is an excellent example of our dedicated frontline patrol officers who constantly work to keep our communities safe,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “This illegally produced cannabis was likely destined to supply the black market demand that has been created since legalization.”
Jolliffe says the money from the sale of the cannabis would likely be used to fuel organized crime.