Charges in pot market bust

A raid on an illegal open-air marijuana market in Vancouver has resulted in four arrests, with a fifth expected soon.

Eleven criminal charges have been recommended two days after Vancouver police hit the scene on the 800-block of Robson street.

All those taken into custody were released on the condition they not return to the location, which one person disobeyed. That person was arrested on Monday. 

VPD said Tuesday that trafficking and possession charges had been approved against David Hill, 42. Other names will be released as charges are approved by Crown Counsel.

The police said they expect more charges and arrests as the investigation continues.

The raid, which took place from late Sunday night through early Monday morning, was part of a six-week investigation into the unlicensed marijuana market located outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Police seized over nine pounds of dried bulk marijuana, 23 pounds of edible products, over $4,000 in cash, a bat, pipe and baton, used drug paraphernalia, six tents and 10 tables. 

CTV Vancouver had previously investigated the market using hidden cameras, which revealed instances of vigilante justice and evidence that illegal sales of marijuana were pushing out legal, licensed vendors.

A spokesperson from the City of Vancouver said Tuesday that they would be working with the police, and all questions should be directed to the VPD. 

– with files from CTV Vancouver

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