Operation 'Chronfather' seizes $13M in drugs in Kelowna, Alberta

Illegal dispensary busted

The Calgary Police Service has released more information on a joint operation it undertook with the RCMP on December 7 in Kelowna, Beaverdell, and Calgary.

Operation Chronfather, netted more than $13 million worth of drugs after an eight-month investigation into the illegal sale of drugs through an online website, www.thechronfather.ca.

The Calgary Police Service says received information about an online, illicit sale of psilocybin and cannabis products in April 2021. The operation was believed to be operating out of a residence in Calgary.

"Our Cybercrime Team began investigating and through the collection of both digital and physical evidence, investigators were able to identify potential suspects," states a news release from the CPS.

Investigators raided several properties in Kelowna and Beaverdell, that police allege were being used in the trafficking operation to produce, distribute and store the drugs.

Calgary Police say the website's operators collected more than $11 million since January.

In addition to the $13 million in cannabis products, police also seized $85,000 in dried and gummy magic mushrooms, as well as cash, four rifles and a truck. Forfeiture offices in B.C. and Alberta are also going after funds in several bank accounts and four properties.

Charges are now pending against two people.

"Not only did purchases made through this website fund illegal organized criminal activities, production and storage facilities of this size are often the target of accompanying violence that puts our community at risk," said Insp. Phil Hoetger. "Additionally, without any regulatory oversight, there were no measures in place to ensure that these products were safe for consumption."

Two individuals were arrested at the time of the search warrants and charges are pending.

"While this investigation is ongoing, we would like to thank our law enforcement partners in the RCMP and provincial Civil Forfeiture Offices for their assistance in this file, as well as numerous units within CPS," said Hoetger.

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