The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team of the Ontario Provincial Police, along with the Ottawa Police Service, has shut down an illegal cannabis storefront on Athlone Avenue in Westboro.
Officers executed a search warrant at a business on Tuesday, February 26.
As a result, police enforced an interim closure of the premises as per section 18 (3) of the provincial Cannabis Control Act. Officers seized suspected processed cannabis, cannabis hash, cannabis shatter, cannabis oil, edibles, vape pens and Canadian currency. The total value of the seizure is in excess of $40,000.
Douglas Baskin, 38, and Saba Salenn Amed Awadh Al Zahari, 21, both of Ottawa, have been charged with the following counts under the federal Cannabis Act:
- Possession of Cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Bud)
- Possession of Cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Shatter)
- Possession of Cannabis for the purpose of selling (Cannabis Edibles)
- Possession of Cannabis for the purpose of selling (Hashish)
Both are also charged under the Criminal Code with Proceeds of Crime Under $5,000.
The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa on April 19.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the police, toll free at 1-888-310-1122. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous, they may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).