A Surrey man likely faces charges after the Delta police drug squad raided the JoJo Flowers shop on Scott Road in August and seized 3,600 opium poppy pods.
Police have recommended charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance against the 47-year-old man, whose name was not immediately released.
The raid took place in the 9400 block of Scott Road on Aug. 13. Delta police Sgt. Sharlene Brooks said police didn't reveal the results of the search until now because they didn't want to compromise other investigations.
"We had a couple of other things we were working on," she said.
Opium poppy flowers can be dried and ground into powder, which has some of the same properties as morphine and codeine and is added to tea. Police seized six kilograms of the powder, 15 kilograms of opium poppy seeds, a grinding machine, scales, a machete and a replica pellet handgun, as well as cash. Brooks said police have no any link between the Delta operation and a huge opium poppy seizure in Chilliwack on Aug. 23. Some 60,000 plants were found in a field there, marking the largest opium poppy seizure in Canada.
September 2, 2010
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