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Charges laid in illegal cannabis operation

Last Updated Jan 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm MDT

Chrissy Jahntz and Craig Bushell are charged with operation an illegal cannabis store in Calgary and online (CREDIT: Calgary Police Service)

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Police say they’ve cracked down on companies selling cannabis online without a license.

Three people and three companies have been charged for operating an illegal cannabis market and online retailer.

In August, police were called to an apartment on 17 Ave SW for reports of a break and enter.

Once officers got inside, they found an illegal cannabis operation, but no one was inside.

As part of an investigation with Alberta, Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC), police seized around $163,000 worth of products and discovered an illegal online cannabis business was operating under the names Holdenherb and Graydon Green Compassion Club.

“Illicit operations such as this pose a significant danger to the neighbours, especially in an apartment. The process used to extract concentrates has a high potential for causing explosions. Operations that include grows also have added fire and mould risks,” said Det. Chris Pollock. “The only legal way to purchase cannabis online in Alberta is through the AGLC website, AlbertaCanabis.org. If you are purchasing from other sites, you are enabling this kind of dangerous activity right in your own neighbourhood. We will not stand for people putting our communities at risk for the sake of a quick buck.”

The investigation also found two people who were denied licences by AGLC and The City of Calgary, were reportedly operating the illicit sales.

Warrants are now out for Chrissy Jennifer Jahntz, 34, and Craig Graydon Douglas Bushell, 40 who police believe may have fled to Nova Scotia.

Police have charged the pair along with the property manager, Vista Group Inc., Graydon Green Compassion Club, and Alberta Numbered companies 2007668 and 2099942 for operating a cannabis store without a license.