B.C. company faces heavy fine for illegal cannabis distribution

RCMP investigated a Surrey-based company for the sale and distribution of illicit cannabis. (Black Press Media files)

A B.C. company is facing a hefty fine and possible property forfeiture after the conclusion of an illicit cannabis production investigation by the Surrey RCMP.

The unnamed company was suspected of selling and distributing illegal cannabis from their Surrey headquarters, with additional properties located in Maple Ridge and Mission as well.

According to the Surrey RCMP, the first of the investigations into the company began in April 2020, with further investigations taking place until February 2022.

As a result of the investigations, the police seized illicit cannabis, cash and vehicles, with a referral being made to the BC Civil Forfeiture Office (CFO) which led to a forfeiture order being obtained last December.

The order directed the company to pay $410,000 to the CFO or forfeit both its Maple Ridge and Mission properties by Dec. 1, 2024.

“As this case demonstrates, forfeiture of property identified as the proceeds of unlawful activity or used in committing offences under these acts is a real and expensive consequence for operators of illicit cannabis operations,” said Staff Sgt. Glenn Leeson of the Surrey RCMP’s Drug Unit.

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