Man arrested on drug, weapons charges

An RCMP search of a home on Princess Boulevard on Sept. 26 led to two men being arrested on drug charges.

Flin Flon RCMP executed a search warrant at a home on Princess Boulevard on Sept. 26, working under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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After entering the residence, officers found more than 9 kilograms of cannabis and cannabis-related products, including cannabis infused candy, chocolate, jam and gummies.

Drug paraphernalia, a large sum of money and a dozen long-barreled firearms, including historical weapons and a flintlock rifle, were also found in the house.

Officers arrested two males, a 36-year-old from Flin Flon and a 55-year-old from Creighton, on drug-related charges.

The male from Flin Flon faces nine charges, including two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of unsafe storage of firearms, possession of proceeds of crime, possession of property obtained by crime, production of a controlled substance, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and trafficking a controlled substance. The 36-year-old made his first court appearance in Flin Flon on Sept. 27, and was released on recognizance. He will be back in Flin Flon court on Nov. 1.

The 55-year-old male faces one charge of possession of a scheduled substance and was released on a promise to appear for court. He will appear in court on Dec. 12.

With cannabis becoming legal on Oct. 17, Sgt. Paul Manaigre, RCMP media relations officer said that the alleged offences would still be considered illegal after cannabis is no longer considered outright contraband.

“They would have still been arrested,” he said, adding that the alleged seller had no permits to authorize cannabis sale or growing and had considerably more cannabis than the maximum amount allowed - 150 grams, under federal law.

“There’s going to need to be a lot of homework done about what constitutes legal and illegal possession,” said Manaigre.

Charges faced by the two suspects are unlikely to change after legalization.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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