Vehicle stop nets $76,000 in pot

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(LAIRD TOWNSHIP, ON) – On August 22, 2016 at approximately 2:00 p.m. an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Highway Safety Division observed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Highway 17 at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle was stopped and as a result of further investigation, 8.4 lbs of Cannabis Marihuana and under $5000 in Canadian Currency was seized.

The estimated street value of the Cannabis Marihuana is $76,240.

The driver of the vehicle Sacha CESAR-NELSON, age 35, of Saint Hubert, Quebec was arrested and charged with:

* Possession of a Schedule 11 substance-Cannabis Marihuana-over 30 grams contrary to section 4(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
* Possession of a Schedule 11 substance for the purpose of Trafficking- over 3 kg contrary to section 5(2) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA)
* Fail to Comply with Probation Order contrary to section 733.1(1) of the Criminal Code (CC)
* Possession Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 contrary to section 354(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (CC)
* Exceed the speed limit contrary to section 128 Highway Traffic Act (HTA)

The accused was remanded to the Ontario Court of Justice in Sault Ste Marie, August 23, 2016.

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  1. “The vehicle was stopped and as a result of further investigation, 8.4 lbs of Cannabis Marihuana and under $5000 in Canadian Currency was seized.

    The estimated street value of the Cannabis Marihuana is $76,240.”

    1 pound = 454 grams * 8.4 = 3814 grams of “Cannabis Marihuana”

    Even if we assume a ridiculously high unit sale of $15/g, this still only adds up to $57K with the unlikely scenario that every gram is individually sold at full price.

    By the time this “shipment” reached its multiple intended resellers and was further resaled, the unit price would (based on legal providers of cannabis in Canada as of 2016 – google this for yourself if you’re going to waste our time with smart comments about “how do you know?”) have long since dropped to around $5 or $6, with the average illicit consumer probably paying $8.00 or $10.00 depending on volume.

    Assuming a still generous $6.5 unit at the bottom of the supply chain, the “street value” comes out to just under $25,000.

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