Patrol officers discovered more than they could have bargained for during a routine traffic stop in Markham, Ontario.
During the early morning of April 16, York Regional Police stopped a van carrying 360 pounds of cannabis.
“While speaking with the driver and passenger, the officer noticed multiple duffel bags throughout the van,” police say, in the release.
“Further investigation revealed that the bags contained more than 360 pounds of cannabis. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and have since been charged.”
Two Quebec men their thirties have since been charged with Possession of Cannabis for the Purpose of Distribution.
Law enforcement estimate that the total street value of the drugs seized is more than $1.6 million.
“This illegally produced cannabis was likely destined to supply the black market demand that has been created since legalization, which in turn is fueling organized crime,” Chief Eric Jolliffe.