Federal Crown prosecutors have approved charges against Penticton mayoral candidate Jukka Laurio related the police raid on his now-closed dispensary in Okanagan Falls in May.
Laurio appeared in court briefly Wednesday for a first appearance on one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking, according to court documents.
Police executed the search warrant on Laurio’s Herbal Greens in Okanagan Falls on Main Street, seizing 100 pounds of cannabis and extracts.
Prior to moving his pot shop to OK Falls, Laurio agreed to pay the City of Penticton $15,000 in fines related to when he operated a dispensary on Westminster Ave. West.
In addition to a previous conviction for trafficking marijuana in 2004, Laurio was convicted of sexual assault in 1997 for which he served four years in prison. That charge came to light during a previous mayoral run.
He is back in court on his most recent charge on Oct. 17 to consult legal counsel, three days before voting day.
Of the three recent police raids on South Okanagan pot shops, Laurio is so far the only to actually be charged.