2014.09.02. drug seizureAn investigation continues after Vancouver Police executed a search warrant earlier today at an illegal marijuana store.

Officers with the Drug Unit of the Vancouver Police Organized Crime Section executed a search warrant at “Budzilla,” located at 2267 Kingsway. The warrant comes after several complaints were received and an initial investigation raised public safety concerns regarding how the illegal business was operating.

2014.09.02. drug seizureBudzilla products were found by police for sale not only in the shop on Kingsway, but other illegal marijuana stores. The products comprised of dry marijuana and THC-infused edibles, including candy and cookies. The appearance and packaging of many of these items could be potentially very appealing to children. Drugs were allegedly being sold to virtually anyone that walked in the door, regardless of whether they had a license from Health Canada to possess marijuana or not.

Customers and staff inside the store were identified and released without charge pending further investigation.

The VPD will continue to respond to any complaints about illegal marijuana use and sales, and take incremental steps to decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required. Our priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who prey on youth and the marginalized in our community.

2014.09.02. drug seizure