Toronto police charged eight people Sunday for allegedly selling pot in front of two illegal marijuana pot dispensaries that had already been shut down with concrete blocks placed in front of the shops’ entrance.
Five men and three women were charged at two of the four Cannabis and Fine Edibles (CAFE) locations — at 66 Fork York Blvd. and 104 Harbord St.
Last week, bylaw enforcement officers placed large concrete blocks in front of entrances at all four CAFE shops.
“I can confidently confirm at least some of them arrested are employees of CAFE,” Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu told the Star on Monday.
Police said in a news release Sunday that they responded to complaints outside the Fork York Blvd. location, and found two men and two women allegedly selling pot on the sidewalk outside the store.
Stephanie Cordice, 30, Kristina Grigoryan, 26, Zachary Keating, 31, Christopher Case, 28, all from Toronto, were arrested for unlawful sale.
At the Harbord St. location on the same day, police allege that one woman and three men were selling cannabis illegally.
Jade Ha, 27, Kyle Henderson, 22, Jason Duguid, 27, Aron Yebrah, 25, were arrested, police said.
Police said all eight people have been “released on conditions,” and will appear in court at a later date.
Police said “a quantity” of marijuana, iPads, customer information and point of sale machines were seized.
Police are asking anyone with information related to this incident to call 416-808-1400, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).
Recreational cannabis became legal across Canada last October, with only the government-owned Ontario Cannabis Store allowed to sell online and operate as wholesale supplier to privately owned brick-and-mortar shops.
Aspiring pot merchants had to enter a lottery in January to open the province’s first cannabis stores in April. The province is launching a second round of legal cannabis stores, planning for 50 to start opening as early as this coming October.
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Temur Durrani is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @temurdur