Warrant shuts down Vancouver pot shop with alleged ties to organized crime

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VANCOUVER – Police have moved in to shut down an illegal Vancouver marijuana store that investigators allege has links to organized crime.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says officers raided the Limelife Society store in east Vancouver on Wednesday night.

He says one employee was arrested and released at the scene and evidence has been seized to help with the ongoing investigation.

Members of the Vancouver Police drug unit have watched the store for about a month, following complaints that it may be linked to organized crime.

Fincham says officers quickly determined the outlet was selling to youths and people without valid medical marijuana licenses.

To date, 11 warrants have been served on suspected illegal marijuana stores across Vancouver and Fincham says the VPD remains focused on stopping violent drug traffickers and those who jeopardize the safety of young or vulnerable residents.