OTTAWA – Members of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), along with the Ottawa Police Service, has shut down an illegal cannabis storefront in the City of Ottawa.
On February 26, 2019 officers executed a search warrant at a business on Athlone Street in Ottawa. As a result of the warrant, police enforced an interim closure of the premises as per section 18 (3) of the Cannabis Control Act (provincial). 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, age 38 and Saba Salenn Amed Awadh AL ZAHARI, age 21, both of Ottawa, Ontario have been charged with the following counts under the Cannabis Act (federal):
- 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 $5000.
The accused are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa on April 19, 2019.
Any person with information regarding the investigation is requested to contact the toll free at 1-888-310-1122, should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.