In May 2019 Windsor District RCMP began an investigation into an illegal online cannabis marihuana distribution network operating within Hants, Kings, and Annapolis Counties.
The investigation into the business led to a series of homes being searched on March 12, in Hants, Kings and Halifax Regional Municipality. As a result, police seized a considerable amount of cannabis products and offence-related property. Additionally, police seized in excess of $20,000 cash.
In total, seven men were arrested at the search sites. Six of them were released from police custody on conditions and are scheduled to appear in Kentville Provincial Court on July 27. One was released without charges. The six men, ranging in age from 22 to 33 years of age, from Hants County and the Halifax Region, are facing the following charges:
- Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Distribution;
- Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling;
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000;
- Money Laundering.
The investigation is continuing at this time and additional charges are anticipated. The investigation was led by the Windsor District Street Crime Enforcement Unit (SCEU) and conducted in collaboration with the SCEU teams in Kings (Kings District RCMP and Kentville Police Service), Annapolis (Annapolis District RCMP) and the Halifax Region (Halifax District RCMP). Investigators from the Criminal Intelligence Service of Nova Scotia also assisted throughout this investigation, and the RCMP Digital Forensic Services and Special Tactical Operations Unit provided assistance to investigators during the searches.