OTTAWA – The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Ottawa Police Service (OPS) and Smiths Falls Police Service (SFPS) executed multiple search warrants resulting in charges.
On September 5, 2019 officers searched six locations. Four were in Ottawa while the others were in Smiths Falls and Carleton Place. Five of these locations were store fronts for a commercial chain, while the other was a warehouse.
Investigators seized a large quantity of suspected cannabis oil and seeds, as well as a wide variety of contraband cannabis products ranging from lip balms to pet drops. The total value of the seized property is nearly $70,000.
The following individuals have been charged with Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Selling – Section 10(2) of the Federal Cannabis Act:
- Connor LEBLANC, age 20 of Ottawa
- Kaitlyn BARBER, age 28 of Smiths Falls
- Michaela Dawn HENDERSON, age 20 of Carleton Place
- Sheri TIMLIN, age 32 of Ottawa
- Tara Linda MCINNES, age 31 of Ottawa
- Kristie MOREAU, age 40 of Ottawa
- Efran MOHAMED, age 40 of Ottawa
Efran MOHAMED is also charged with being part of an Organization Unlawfully Distributing Cannabis under Section 9(1)(d) under the Federal Cannabis Act.
All of the accused have been released and are scheduled to appear at various locations of the Ontario Court of Justice on future dates.
The OPP and its partners continue to work with communities and engage all stakeholders with respect to enforcement action on illegal cannabis storefronts.
The OPP is continuing to lead an enforcement strategy which includes other Ontario police services, including the Ottawa and Smiths Falls Police. This strategy will reflect actionable intelligence on illegal cannabis operations. The focus of the strategy is to dismantle organized crime groups, eliminate the illegal cannabis supply, remove illegal cannabis enterprises such as store fronts and online, and target the proceeds of crime and assets.
Any person with information regarding this incident should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).