Police raided pot dispensaries across Toronto to address ‘significant community concerns,’ chief says

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Courtesy of National Post

TORONTO — Police detained 90 people and seized hundreds of kilograms of marijuana Thursday in an abrupt strike on the city’s pot dispensaries.

Hundreds of criminal charges were handed down in the citywide bust, chief of police Mark Saunders announced at a news conference Friday morning, including 186 charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and 71 proceeds charges for selling the drug illegally. The City laid a further 79 charges on property owners for zoning and licensing bylaw infractions.

Police raided 43 dispensaries across Toronto in the coordinated, lunchtime bust — dubbed “Project Claudia” — out of a suspected 88 dispensaries in the city.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim / The Canadian PressMarijuana products, including edibles and oils, that were confiscated by Toronto Police during the raids Thursday.

One search yielded 23 grams of powdered cocaine. The remainder of the bounty included 343 kg of cookies, chocolate and candy