Marijuana worth estimated $75,000 seized from inside restaurant: RCMP
Officers seized an estimated $75,000 worth of marijuana from a Winnipeg restaurant on William Avenue, said RCMP.
Approximately $30,000 in cash and about 30 pounds of packaged marijuana were seized on June 8 while officers carried out a search warrant, said RCMP.
"Based on the very large quantity of drugs that were seized and the large amount of cash - of course we can't speculate, but that leads us to believe they were higher up on the chain," said Const. Miles Hiebert, spokesperson for RCMP.
The establishment raided by police is the Little Saigon Restaurant.
Five adult males and four adult females, all from Winnipeg, were arrested at the scene and all will face charges for possession for the purpose of trafficking, along with possession of the proceeds of crime, said police.
CTV News approached the restaurant for comment on Thursday, but was told no one wanted to talk about the pending charges.
Most nearby businesses said they didn't notice anything unusual, but one man said he stumbled upon a garbage bag with a marijuana plant inside it about two months ago. He didn't think much of it, until news of the arrests.
Some in the area said the police raid came as a shock.
"It's actually a surprise because this is one of our favourite restaurants. My family and I go there very often," said Milton Corado, who owns a nearby printing store.
"I'm hoping they will be open for business…their food is so good," said Corado.
The restaurant was open as usual on Thursday.
The suspects have not yet been formally charged and have court appearances set for July 28.
- with a report from CTV's Stacey Ashley