York police have seized over 160 kilograms of illegal cannabis during a traffic stop in Markham on Tuesday.

Shortly after 4 a.m., an officer stopped a white van in the area of Ninth Line on Highway 407, according to a Wednesday media release.

York Regional Police found more than 160 kg of illegal cannabis during a routine traffic stop in Markham on Tuesday.

While speaking with the driver and passenger, police say that the officer noticed several duffel bags throughout the van. Later, the bags were found to contain a large quantity of cannabis, and the driver and passenger were arrested.

The street drugs are valued at over $1.6 million, according to police.

In the release, Chief Eric Jolliffe said, “this seizure is an excellent example of our dedicated front line patrol officers who constantly work to keep our communities safe. 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 and Boxuan Gu, 32 and 36 respectively, are charged with possession of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. They hail from Montreal and Westmount, Quebec.

Source: The Toronto Star