All four are jointly charged with:
- Conspiracy to commit the unlawful export of cannabis, possession of cannabis for the purpose of exporting it and cultivating cannabis not at a dwelling house, contrary to the Criminal Code;
- Possession of cannabis for the purpose of Export Contrary to the Cannabis Act;
- Unlawful export of cannabis contrary to the Cannabis Act;
- Unlawful cultivation propagation and harvest of cannabis plants at a place that is not a dwelling house, contrary to the Cannabis Act;
- Possession of forged documents, contrary to the Criminal Code.
"This important disruption removed 18 firearms from a criminal organization that posed a significant threat to Canadian communities and brazenly exploited our shared border through the air," said Michael Buckley, from Homeland Security Investigations at the U.S. Embassy Ottawa, in a statement. "The notable success of this investigation is the result of the international law enforcement partnership between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Air and Marine Operations and the U.S. Border Patrol."