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Markham traffic stop leads to seizure of 360 pounds of illegal marijuana

York regional police say a routine traffic stop led to the seizure of more than 360 pounds of illegal marijuana in Markham on April 16, 2019. HANDOUT/York Regional Police

Two Quebec men are facing charges after York regional police say they seized more than 360 pounds of illegal marijuana during a traffic stop in Markham early Tuesday morning.

In a release, police said an officer pulled a white van over at around 4 a.m. in the area of Highway 407 and Ninth Line.

During the stop, the officer noticed several duffel bags packed in the van. It was later determined that the bags were filled with cannabis with a street value of more than $1.6 million.

“This seizure is an excellent example of our dedicated frontline patrol officers who constantly work to keep our communities safe,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said in a release.

“This illegally produced cannabis was likely destined to supply the black market demand that has been created since legalization, which in turn is fueling organized crime.”

Alan Dang, 32, and Boxuan Gu, 36, both of Quebec, are facing charges of possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution.