Trial stemming from massive police raid set for March 2023 – Kelowna News

Written by Javed Iqbal

A Kelowna man alleged to be behind the “ChronFather” website is scheduled to stand trial in Alberta next year.

Chandler Cannon was charged with possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 in Alberta, according to police looted several properties last December, including Cannon’s Kelowna home, another Kelowna home and a rural property in Beaverdell.

The police investigation began in April 2021 when the Calgary Police Service began investigating ChronFather.ca – an illegal online distributor of cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms.

An undercover officer purchased $300 worth of psilocybin and $270 worth of cannabis through the website in 2021, leading to the concurrent search warrants being executed at properties in Calgary, Kelowna and Beaverdell on December 7 and 8.

That’s what the police say seized 2,636 kilos of dried hashish and cannabis plants, 7.2 kg of splinters, cannabis oils/resins and edibles, along with what they claimed was more than $85,000 worth of psilocybin in both dried and gummy forms.

Chandler, 40, was arrested at his home in Kelowna, while his son, 20-year-old Tyson Ogilvie, and 21-year-old Reid Dahl were arrested in Calgary.

Now, Chandler is scheduled to stand trial in Calgary for possession of more than $5,000 in March next year.

Meanwhile, Calgary residents Ogilvie and Dahl face charges of trafficking psilocybin mushrooms and cannabis and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000. They are next scheduled to appear in Calgary court on Aug. 24, but a court date has not yet been set for them.

In addition to the criminal charges Cannon faces, the BC government is working on seize several properties it is alleged to have been used to commit crimes, including a property on Kelowna’s Rittich Road and on Beaverdell’s Solomon Road where cannabis was allegedly grown. The government is also working to seize Chandler’s home in Kelowna’s Black Mountain area.

The government is also seeking to seize more than $53,000 in cash police found in Cannon’s home, along with a 2019 Ford F350 registered to Cannon’s girlfriend.

In addition, the government has frozen several bank accounts that it claims contain money from the alleged criminal activity.

The Director of Civil Forfeiture says this illegal activity includes drug trafficking, the sale and cultivation of illegal cannabis, laundering the proceeds of illegal activity and failure to declare taxable income. But despite those allegations, Chandler has only been criminally charged with one count of possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000.

In his response to the seizure claim, Cannon denies all the charges against him and claims police breached his Charter rights during the investigation.

While the Crown must prove criminal charges “beyond a reasonable doubt,” civil cases face a lower standard of proof — “on a balance of probabilities.”

The Calgary Police Service claims thechronfather.ca collected more than $11 million through its illegal cannabis and mushroom sales in 2021 alone before it was shut down in December. Police claim the site had been operating since August 2018.

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