CBSA, police raid 420 Kingston

Steph Crosier | The Kingston Whig Standard

A Kingston man and woman have been charged by local police after officers accompanied the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) on a search warrant execution at 420 Kingston and a private residence on Friday.

Sgt. Brad Brooker, of the Kingston Police street crime unit, said on Saturday that the CBSA was the lead agency on the lengthy investigation under the Customs Act and Plant Protection Act. The search warrant was approved for the business located at 736 Princess St. and the residence of the two accused on Ellesmere Avenue.

Officers from Kingston Police and CBSA entered the business at approximately 11 a.m. Brooker said the Kingston Police left around 6 p.m. and CBSA were there till after midnight on Saturday.

While assisting the CBSA at the location, Kingston Police found large quantities of marijuana in plain sight. As a result, they seized nearly four pounds of marijuana in various forms of packaging with an estimated street value of $20,000.

“We went in assisting CBSA, and then because there was marijuana found we took over that part of the investigation, as they continued with their part of the investigation,” Brooker said.

A spokesperson for CBSA said the investigation is related to the illegal importation of goods. A post on the 420 Kingston Facebook page says the CBSA seized all of their seed products.

A 34-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were arrested by Kingston Police and charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

Police report the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may follow.