Tastes like chicken, nope. But it sure looked like a can of Tuna… Yet a simple case of canned pot brings dank sentence for an Ontario man.
Pot entrepreneur Paul Armstrong, 42, was running what the Ontario authorities called a sophisticated cannabis canning process in the cold and weedless town of Windsor. That was up until he was busted and sentenced last Friday after bowing before the court and pleading guilty to possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana extracts for the purpose of sales — and last but not least, simple possession of cannabis.
Though the court was looking to satisfy the Crown, who was asking for a one year sentence, lastFriday Justice Lloyd Dean gave the defendant a suspended sentence for just over 35 ounces of weed that was creatively packaged in cans and just over an ounce and a half of hash. The apprehension happened late in 2012, near the 2900 block of Northway Ave. furthermore the search of the property exposed 2 scales, a large amount of cash, and boxes of empty cans waiting to be packed.
The baffled RMP projected the joint street value of the marijuana and hash together, along with what was packed into the 71 cans, at approximately $11,000.
“Justice Dean was concerned with the planning, premeditation and sophistication of the operation,” defence lawyer Robet DiPietro said Monday, “because they found marijuana and the mechanism to can marijuana.”
DiPietro said his client will be able to maintain his work as a car mechanic, since the sentence allows Armstrong to leave his home for such things as employment.
“A 16-month conditional sentence is a little longer than what he thought it was worth,” DiPietro said of his client’s reaction to the sentence, noting that Armstrong has not breached any conditions since his arrest. “But he is happy he will be able to continue his employment.”
Although canned cannabis is not common in Windsor, it has popped up in this area before. It is more common on the West Coast.
Police have said, however, that detector dogs can typically still smell traces of marijuana if the drug is packed in cans because a residual cannabis scent usually remains on the tins.
Armstrong’s arrest was the result of a five-month investigation by the multi-agency Provincial Anti-Violence Strategy Initiative.