Two more men convicted in ‘troubling’ Aamjiwnaang pot bust

Two of the people arrested nearly two years ago by Sarnia police after officers seized more than $121,000 worth of cannabis, edibles and cash from a pot shop in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation were convicted this week.

Two of the people arrested nearly two years ago by Sarnia police after officers seized more than $121,000 worth of cannabis, edibles and cash from a pot shop in the Aamjiwnaang First Nation were convicted this week.

Ricardo Tersigni, 22, and Arnold Mayers, 64, were both fined after pleading guilty Tuesday in Sarnia court to possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling it under the federal Cannabis Act. Justice Krista Lynn Leszczynski said it was “troubling” two men with no prior criminal records were involved in this type of activity and had “such a significant amount” of marijuana.

The court heard the Sarnia police vice unit raided an illegal marijuana dispensary on St. Clair Parkway, known as Pot of Gold Medicals and Edibles, at around 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 20, 2018. Police found four employees inside and immediately arrested all of them, including Mayers, Tersigni, Derek Donkers and Ryan Bressette.

Police also found a “large quantity” of fresh marijuana, resin, hash, hash oil, edibles and a “wide variety” of smoking devices, federal prosecutor Michael Robb told the court. Police seized nearly 10 kilograms of fresh cannabis valued at almost $100,000. Nearly $13,000 in edibles and elicit cannabis was also seized, along with more than $9,000 in cash.

The business, which was run out of a green shipping container, was equipped with a display case, cash register, debit machines and video surveillance system, the court heard. Sarnia police said at the time of the raid all the cannabis seized was procured illegally and noted the interior of the business was in disrepair.

The same business was raided three months earlier that year, police said.

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By Terry Bridge

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