Five charged in online cannabis delivery operation

EDMONTON – Last week, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, officers from the EPS Cannabis Investigations Unit conducted a search warrant at three residences and charged five people in an illegal online cannabis delivery operation.

“The CannaBus 780” was an illegal online delivery service operating out of three residences in the Rosslyn, Oliver and Minchau areas of Edmonton. After conducting search warrants on the three addresses and associated vehicles, police seized 4,643 grams of cannabis flower, 165 packages of edibles, 420 grams of shatter, 15 grams of cocaine, 7 grams of crack cocaine, several THC vape pens, THC tincture and $9,515 in Canadian currency. Police believe the total street value of the illicit substances and cash to be more than $61,000.

Dean Bell, 26; Bobbi-Jo Spence, 26; Ian Mack, 34; and John Dickinson, 48 are all jointly charged with possession of illicit cannabis and possession of cannabis for the purpose of illegal distribution under the federal Cannabis Act, as well as possession of proceeds of crime.

Christopher L’hirondelle, 26 is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

“There is a legal way to order recreational cannabis online in Alberta, and it’s through the AGLC,” says Const. Dexx Williams, of the EPS Cannabis Investigations Unit. “Illegal cannabis companies continue to circumvent the law and the business processes that have been put in place to keep the public safe, and there are criminal consequences to those actions.” 

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250

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