HAMILTON, ON, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - After a lengthy investigation, the
Hamilton Niagara RCMP and the Hamilton Police Service have laid
criminal organization charges in what they describe as an egregious
exploitation of Health Canada's Medical Marihuana Access Regulations
(MMAR). Among the accused are several members of a local Hamilton
family, along with their lawyer, who police allege were behind a scheme
to disguise a profitable marihuana grow operation as the legitimate
production of medical marihuana.
Police allege that the family and its associates fraudulently obtained
licenses for the production of marihuana under Health Canada's Medical
Marihuana Access Regulations. Hamilton By amassing a substantial number
of these licenses, the group was able to develop a profitable, and
seemingly legal, marihuana grow operation, whose distribution network
extended as far east as Newfoundland.
"This is a flagrant abuse of the Medical Marihuana Access Regulations
for profit", said Inspector Steve Martin Officer in Charge of the RCMP
Hamilton/Niagara Regional Detachment. "The RCMP takes the criminal
exploitation of government programs very seriously".
"Illegal marihuana grow operations can pose a serious threat to
community safety", said Superintendant Dan KINSELLA of the Hamilton
Police Service. "In addition to being inherently dangerous sites, grow
operations can contribute to the deterioration of neighbourhoods, and
have been linked to violent crime".
The accused are scheduled to appear in Hamilton Provincial court in
April 2013 and are facing a myriad of charges, including;
Participation in a Criminal Organization, Conspiracy to Traffic in a
Controlled Substance, Production of a Controlled Substance, Possession
for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, Trafficking a
Controlled Substances, Obstruction of Justice, False Pretences,
Counseling to Commit an Indictable Offence, and Failure to Comply with
a Probation Order.
Andre GRAVELLE, 49 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Daniel GRAVELLE, 56, years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Andre Leo GRAVELLE, 20 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Ruth Ann GRAVELLE FINLAYSON, 41 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Ira GREENSPOON, 56 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Bruce KENNER, 54 years old of Hamilton, Ontario
Bradley HUFFMAN, 42 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Joseph CUVELIER, 48 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Lawrence MULHOLLLAND, 49 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Ronald WELCH, 55 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Selina OSMOND, 33 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Jeff DZENEKOJ, 37 years old, of Hamilton, Ontario
Members of the media are invited to attend the RCMP Hamilton Niagara
Detachment located at 777 Highway 8 in Stoney Creek, on March 7th, 2013 at 2 pm, for a question and answer session.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Hamilton Police Service