Two men from Quebec are facing charges after police officers in York allegedly found more than 360 pounds of illegal cannabis during a traffic stop in Markham.
According to police, an officer on patrol stopped a white van on Highway 407 in the area of Ninth Line and conducted a traffic stop.
“While speaking with the driver and passenger, the officer noticed multiple duffel bags throughout the van. Further investigation revealed that the bags contained more than 360 pounds of cannabis. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and have since been charged,” reads a media release from police.
The total street value of the drugs seized is more than $1.6 million, police said.
“This seizure is an excellent example of our dedicated frontline patrol officers who constantly work to keep our communities safe,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe.
“This illegally produced cannabis was likely destined to supply the black market demand that has been created since legalization, which in turn is fueling organized crime.”
Alan Dang, 32, of Montreal and Boxuan Gu, 36, Westmount, Quebec have been charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution.
Police noted that the investigation is ongoing.