The raids were conducted by the "OPP Regional Community Street Crime Units (CSCU), along with members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Emergency Response Team (ERT) and Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU)."
Cannabis was legalized in Canada in October of 2018, but the government has nevertheless failed to stamp out the black market for the drug. It is estimated that up to 40 percent of cannabis sales in Canada are conducted in the black market. In Ontario, as much as 75 percent of all cannabis sales are conducted over the black market.
The difficulty in stamping out the black market is a matter of economics as cannabis retailers in provinces such as Ontario and British Columbia are not allowed to purchase cannabis directly from licensed producers. Regulations on the industry make it difficult to compete with prices offered by black market dealers for similar products, despite quality and safety concerns.