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Three charged following discovery of alleged illegal marijuana operation

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:06 PDT, Thu June 9, 2022

Charges have been approved against three Richmondites following a search warrant last month on an alleged marijuana brokerage in the 8000 block of Demorest Drive.

A marijuana brokerage can operate as a distributor for growers of both legal and illegal marijuana. While marijuana has been legalized in Canada, some marijuana operations continue to operate illegally.

During the search warrant on May 7, investigators located and seized various items from the residence including approximately 180 kilograms (260 pounds) of marijuana, approximately 900 grams of methamphetamine, and a Smith & Wesson 3913 handgun.

Ka Yan Chan, 39, is charged with:

  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of distribution contrary to sec. 9(2) of the Cannabis Act.
  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of selling it contrary to sec. 10(2) of the Cannabis Act
  • One count of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) for the purposes of trafficking contrary to sec. 5(2) of the Control Drugs and Substances Act

Siu-Kai Chow, 68, is charged with:

  • One count of possession of prohibited or restricted firearm without being the holder of an authorization or a licence to possess it and a registration certificate for the firearm contrary to sec. 95(1) C.C.C.
  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of distribution contrary to sec. 9(2) of the Cannabis Act
  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of selling it contrary to sec. 10(2) of the Cannabis Act
  • One count of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) for the purposes of trafficking contrary to sec. 5(2) of the Control Drugs and Substances Act

Yung Fung, 54, is charged with:

  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of distribution contrary to sec. 9(2) of the Cannabis Act.
  • One count of unlawfully possessing cannabis for purposes of selling it contrary to sec. 10(2) of the Cannabis Act
  • One count of unlawfully possessing a controlled substance (methamphetamine) for the purposes of trafficking contrary to sec. 5(2) of the Control Drugs and Substances Act

The safety and protection of our community is of paramount concern to the Richmond RCMP, says Cpl. Dennis Hwang, media relations officer for Richmond RCMP. Investigations into illegal marijuana operations are complex and highly specialized, but can often have a nexus to organized crime and pose a potential risk to public safety.”

Richmond RCMP are reminding the public—and specifically landlords—to watch for strange odours, covered windows, and lots of individuals coming and going from a residence.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who has information regarding this type of crime, is asked to call Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212. Should you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit them online at www.solvecrime.ca.

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