Halifax Regional Police say they seized a 'significant amount' of cash, cannabis and other related products during searches at two Farm Assists locations in HRM.
Investigators conducted a search warrant at the Gottingen St. location before noon Thursday and say they found around 45 pounds of cannabis along with over 4,000 other cannabis products and over $43,000.
At 4:20 p.m., police arrived at the Porters Lake location on Highway 7 where they say they seized another 3 pounds of cannabis and an additional 500 cannabis products.
"Certainly it's one of our largest seizures in recent history that we've had, although we've certainly made significant seizures before," said HRP spokesperson Cst. John MacLeod.
Four people were arrested at the Gottingen Street dispensary.
Jordan Thomas Higgins, 30, of Pleasantville, Kristia Angle, 36, of Halifax, Amanda Marie Harris-Lunn, 27, of Halifax and Keyli Terra Holloway, 29, of Wellington have been charged with the following:
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling
- Possession for the use in production or distribution of illicit cannabis
- Possession of property obtained by crime
"Certainly if someone is going to find themselves in and around an illegal cannabis dispensary, they should expect to find themselves the subject of a police investigation," MacLeod added.
In Nova Scotia, the only legal place to purchase recreational cannabis is through the NSLC, and the only legal way to access medical cannabis is through Health Canada.