By Don Mitchell Global News – July 5, 2022
Five people have been charged in connection with a drug trafficking and money laundering scheme operating throughout the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area (GTHA) and Niagara Region over four years, according to police.
Hamilton-Niagara RCMP say about 30,000 cannabis plants along with dried cannabis and about $1 million in cash were recently seized in a raid at a farm and three Greater Toronto Area (GTA) residences.
Investigators say the haul, estimated to be in the neighbourhood of $24 million, is tied to a four-year investigation into an alleged money laundering scheme using casinos in the GTA and Niagara Region.
The probe was launched after the discovery of $3 million laundered from the illegal sale of over 8,000 pounds of cannabis in 2017.
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