One person arrested during a police raid on an illegal magic mushroom shop in Montreal has been charged with drug trafficking.
The Crown prosecutor’s office confirmed to CTV News that the accused appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was charged with one count of trafficking a substance under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Several police officers descended on the FunGuyz shop hours after the company opened their first Quebec location Tuesday in Montreal’s Sainte-Marie neighbourhood. Four people were arrested, according to police, who say their investigation into the dispensary is ongoing.
The chain sells products containing the hallucinogen psilocybin, which is illegal in Canada.
A spokesperson for the store, Edgar Gorbans, who has spelled his name in different ways for various media, vowed to reopen despite the police crackdown, but that didn’t end up happening. Instead, the store is now expected to open its doors Thursday morning, as soon as their window stickers are re-printed “out of respect for children in the neighbourhood.”
The Montreal magic mushroom dispensary remained closed even though owners said it would reopen. They need to re-print sticker signage that was seized by police. (Angela Mackenzie/CTV News)