By Nisqually Valley News Staff
Officers from the Law Enforcement and Education Division of the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB) seized 1,300 pounds of cannabis from businesses in Roy and Tacoma.
A press release from LCB said the investigation into unlicensed cannabis sales led them to the Red Barn Trading Post in Roy and Vincere’s Compassion Club in Tacoma.
The source of the seized cannabis is currently under investigation, the statement said.
The investigation followed multiple complaints from the public. Undercover officers with LCB purchased illegal cannabis from the two unlicensed cannabis retailers.
“Under state law, cannabis can only be sold by a business with a state-issued cannabis license,” the statement said.
Undercover officers made three purchases of cannabis from the two stores. At the Roy store, located at 34011 State Route 507 S., clandestine purchases of illicit substances of psilocybin mushrooms and peyote were also made, the statement said.
Officers obtained search warrants for the Tacoma and Roy businesses and executed the search warrants late last month.
“In total, officers located and seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cannabis products from stores, including a large amount of cannabis concentrates and cannabis-infused edibles offered for sale,” the statement said. “Many cannabis-infused products would have been illegal for sale in the regulated market, including products that exceed THC serving limits and products that are particularly appealing to children. Both sites also operated illegal cannabis “clubs”.
To the Red Barn Trading Post, the statement said officers “seized approximately 400 pounds of illicit cannabis products, a significant amount of psilocybin, peyote products, cash, electronics and surveillance equipment. and four firearms”.
Two uncooperative individuals at the facility were arrested and incarcerated in Pierce County Jail for violations of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, the statement said. LCB officers plan to recommend felony charges for unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance and operating a cannabis club.
Meanwhile, at Vincere’s Compassion Club in Tacoma, LCB seized 73 cannabis plants, approximately 800 pounds of illicit cannabis products, cultivation equipment, cash, electronic and surveillance equipment, ballistic vests and two guns. An individual was arrested by LCB officers and incarcerated in Pierce County Jail for cannabis-related crimes, the statement said.
“Investigations were triggered by multiple complaints alleging stores were selling unlicensed cannabis,” the statement said.
For more information on cannabis laws, go online to lcb.wa.gov.