Cannabis investigation in Canada, Netherlands, and Belgium leads to four Metro Vancouver men charged

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      An international investigation into illicit cannabis exported from Canada to Europe that began two years ago has led to four men from Surrey and Langley being charged.

      In June 2018, B.C. RCMP investigators—with assistance from the Canada Border Services Agency, the RCMP Liaison Office in the Hague, and the customs and excise division of Belgian Federal Public Service Finance—launched an investigation into illicit cannabis exports.

      On June 18, 2019, investigators used five search warrants in Langley, Surrey, and Delta.

      In Langley and Surrey, officers seized an unspecified large amount of Canadian currency, five vehicles, 12 firearms, over 1,180 kilograms of dried cannabis, and over 5,300 cannabis plants.

      The medical license for the facility in which the plants were seized permitted a maximum of 300 plants.

      In Delta, the federal RCMP Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response team (CLEAR) seized an amount of the fentanyl precursor chemical Aniline.

      B.C. RCMP announced today (October 27) that Mark Manastyrski, Jason Van Den Born, William Price, and Keith Wallis all face charges of exporting cannabis, possession for the purpose of exporting, distribution over 30, and the distribution of illicit cannabis.

      Van Den Born also faces two additional charges of cultivation of over four plants in house and the careless use (storage) of a firearm.

      All four men are scheduled to appear in Surrey Provincial Court at 9 a.m. on December 16.

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