Two sought in illegal cannabis operation in SW Calgary apartment

Police believe two suspects fled Calgary, perhaps to Nova Scotia after August 2019 discovery of illegal cannabis operation

Craig Bushell (left) and Chrissy Jahntz are being sought by Calgary police. COURTESY CPS

Calgary police believe two people suspected in an illegal cannabis operation in a southwest apartment have fled to Nova Scotia.

In August 2019, Calgary police were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of 17 Avenue SW after a report of a break and enter. When officers arrived, they found an illegal marijuana operation and the residents weren’t there.

Later that day, a warrant executed under the Cannabis Act allowed the search and seizure of the contents. Roughly $163,000 in cannabis products, including 3,571 grams of three strains of dried marijuana, edibles, oils and creams were found.

During the subsequent investigation, done in partnership with the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) and the City of Calgary Licensing and Development, they discovered evidence that showed an illegal online cannabis business being operated as Holdenherb and the Graydon Green Compassion Club.

Two people, originally denied licenses by the AGLC and the City are alleged to have been operating the business.

Chrissy Jennifer Jahntz, 34, and Craig Graydon Douglas Bushell, 40, are both wanted on warrants. Police believe the pair fled Calgary, likely to Nova Scotia.

The investigation also showed that the property manager in their complex was complicit in the illegal operation. Scott Raymond Tulk, 39, is facing charges.

Illegal marijuana operations pose danger, say Calgary police

“Illicit operations such as this pose a significant danger to the neighbours, especially in an apartment. The process used to extract concentrates has a high potential for causing explosions. Operations that include grows also have added fire and mould risks,” said Calgary Police Service Det. Chris Pollock.

The City said they’ve created a set of rules with the provincial and federal governments to allow for the production and sales of marijuana products.

“As a result, we have zero tolerance for those who choose to operate outside these rules,” said Chris Meakin, Chief Development Inspector with the City of Calgary.

The Calgary police said this is an ongoing investigation and more charges could be forthcoming.

Anyone with information on the location of Jahntz and Bushell are encouraged to call the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234.

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