Toronto Cops Raided Compassion Club Over “Community Complaints”

CANNABIS CULTURE – Toronto police say the aggressive raid against the city’s largest provider of marijuana to medical patients, the C.A.L.M. Compassion Club, was due to “community complaints.”

Division 51 of the Toronto Police issued the following statement regarding last week’s raid.

Nine people face 27 charges in drug investigation, $210,000 of drugs seized

Broadcast time: 17:19 Tuesday, April 6, 2010
51 Division 416-808-5100

On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at 3:39 p.m., as a result of community complaints, officers from 51 Division executed a search warrant at 106 Queen Street East, Cannabis As Living Medicine, also known as C.A.L.M.

It is alleged that:

– employees were involved in the sale of marijuana and hashish, – police located 16,589 grams of marijuana, 1940 grams of hashish, 207 grams of hash oil, a large quantity of hash cookies, hash lollipops and hash butter and $31,000 in proceeds of crime ? the total value of the drugs seized was $210,000.
Neev Tapiero, 38, of Toronto, has been charged with:

1) two counts of Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, 2) two counts of Possession of Hashish for the Purpose of Trafficking, 3) five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule II for the purpose of Trafficking, 4) Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, 5) Possession of Proceeds of Crime.

Sean Mullings, 33; David Grech, 31; Kareem Bruzual, 28; Sandra Petite, 54; Gloria Cantwell, 57; Angela Sawula, 41; Amy Brown, 28; Brendan Moffit, 26; all of Toronto, have each been charged with:

1) Possession of Marijuana for the Purpose of Trafficking, 2) Possession of Hashish for the Purpose of Trafficking.

They were scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall, on Thursday, April 1, 2010, room 103, at 10 a.m.

C.A.L.M.’s owner Neev Tapiero told Cannabis Culture shortly after the raid that in the past, police had always dealt with complaints in a civil manner.

“There are many ways to respond to complaints that don’t involve criminal charges,” Neev said. “This was a pretty poor way of dealing with it. We had kind of an unspoken truce before this with police, where they could contact us directly or indirectly about complaints.”

C.A.L.M. is planning an event on Sunday, April 11, at Police HQ, (40 College St., 1pm-4:20pm) in Toronto to protest police actions. Click here for the Facebook group.