Buying pot in Hamilton just got a lot more difficult, thanks to local police — officers have seized over 400 pounds of marijuana valued at over $1 million.

“A seizure that large would definitely affect how much people can access the product,” acting Sgt. Rich Vanderboom told CBC Hamilton. “You will definitely notice it at the street level.”

“It’ll take a fairly substantial time for this to recover. It’s not like a dealer can just call someone up and say ‘resupply me.’”

This seizure stymies a large drug trafficking operation in the city, Vanderboom says. To put the amount in perspective, 400 pounds is about how much an average gorilla or black bear weighs.

The bust started months ago with a simple traffic infraction stop where drugs were found — and police followed the network structure up to this seizure.

On May 26, police searched a storage unit in Mississauga and a home in Glanbrook. They found over 400 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana that was ready for distribution, a semi-automatic handgun with ammunition and drug processing equipment.

Police also seized a 2014 Audio S4 Quattro and a 2014 Kia Forte.

Vanderboom says it’s the largest processed marijuana seizure he’s ever seen. “It’s a very significant seizure,” he said. And the $1 million price tag is even a bit of a conservative estimate — that’s the value of the drugs when sold at the per pound level. When sold at the street level, markups would drive the price even higher, he said.

Two 23-year-old Hamilton men were arrested and have been charged with various drug and firearms-related offences.

Police believe there are other people involved in the operation who are still out there. Anyone with information about the operation is asked to call police at 905-546-2447 or Crime Stoppers at 905-522-8477.

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  • 50: Snoop Lion

    <a href="http://www.esquire.com/features/what-ive-learned/snoop-dogg-0708" target="_blank">“It makes me feel the way I need to feel.”</a>

  • 49: Rick Steves

    <a href="http://www.laweekly.com/2012-04-12/art-books/rick-steves-pot-marijuana-advocate/" target="_blank">"I have used cannabis all over the world."</a>

  • 48: Oliver Stone

    <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/06/29/oliver-stone-marijuana-saved-me-from-becoming-a-beast-in-vietnam/" target="_blank">“I went to Vietnam, and I was there for a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between staying human or, as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast.”</a>

  • 47: Rihanna

    <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2087637/Rihanna-smoking-weed-Hawaii-Singer-posts-cannabis-quote-Twitter.html" target="_blank">"Kush rolled, glass full... I prefer the better things!"</a>

  • 46: Hugh Hefner

    <a href="http://www.druglibrary.org/special/anderson/highinamerica8.htm" target="_blank">“Smoking helped put me in touch with the realm of the senses.”</a>

  • 45: Miley Cyrus

    <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/2011/nov/28/news/la-heb-miley-cyrus-marijuana-health-20111128" target="_blank">"You know you're a stoner when your friends make you a Bob Marley cake."</a>

  • 44: Bryan Cranston

    <a href="http://business.highbeam.com/137462/article-1G1-266750728/bryan-cranston-breaking-bad-intriguing-drug-kingpin" target="_blank">"Pot always just made me sleepy.” </a>

  • 43: Robert Downey Jr

    <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/celebrity/Downey-Jr-Dishes-to-Rolling-Stone--92440874.html" target="_blank">“Robert Downey Jr. said he started smoking weed at age 8.”</a>

  • 42: Madonna

    <a href="http://www.vulture.com/2009/10/madonna_on_letterman.html" target="_blank">"It [my behavior on the show in 1994] wasn't because I was excited about you [David Letterman]. I think it may have had something to do with the joint I smoked before I came on."</a>

  • 41: Johnny Depp

    <a href="http://www.celebstoner.com/201201199489/celebstoners/top-celebstoners/johnny-depp.html" target="_blank">"I'm not a great pothead or anything like that… but weed is much, much less dangerous than alcohol."</a>

  • 40: Phil Jackson

    In 1975 he wrote “Maverick,” a memoir about his days playing in the NBA. Among other things, Jackson spoke frankly about marijuana use. -- <a href="http://www.salon.com/2001/05/29/jackson_16/" target="_blank">Salon</a>

  • 39: Sarah Palin

    <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/29/politics/politico/thecrypt/main4397109.shtml" target="_blank">"I can't claim a Bill Clinton and say that I never inhaled.”</a>

  • 38: Justin Bieber

    "Bieber both confirmed that he'd been caught smoking weed and apologized for it." -- <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/justin-bieber-apologizes-smoking-weed_n_2657314.html" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>

  • 37: Maya Angelou

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Angelou-Blooms-BioCritiques-Cindy-Dyson/dp/0791061779" target="_blank">“Angelou settled into a job as a waitress and began smoking marijuana with abandon.”</a>

  • 36: Lincoln Chafee

    <a href="http://news.providencejournal.com/politics/2012/03/chafee-declines-to-state-views-on-marijuana-decriminalizationreadynens-to-h.html" target="_blank">"In 1999, then-Warwick Mayor Lincoln D. Chafee won accolades for his honesty in acknowledging he used marijuana and cocaine as a 1970s student at Brown University."</a>

  • 35: Matt Damon

    <a href="http://weedquotes.blogspot.com/2011/05/matt-damon-weed-quotes.html" target="_blank">“The first time I smoked was at home with my mother and step-father.”</a>

  • 34: Conan O'Brien

    <a href="http://www.pinkisthenewblog.com/2010-11-05/conan-obrien-talks-to-playboy-magazine" target="_blank">“I’ve tried pot, but it doesn’t do much for me.”</a>

  • 33: Susan Sarandon

    <a href="http://articles.latimes.com/1992-08-30/entertainment/ca-8213_1_susan-sarandon/2" target="_blank">"Cocaine didn't interest me. Not at all. I'm way way back in the early pot…"</a>

  • 32: Andrew Sullivan

    <a href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/brainiac/2009/09/sullivan_avoids_pot_charges.html" target="_blank">"The blogger and commentator Andrew Sullivan was busted in July for possessing a small amount of marijuana within the Cape Cod National Seashore."</a>

  • 31: John Hickenlooper

    <a href="http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v07/n997/a08.html?1263" target="_blank">"As I've already been open about in the past -- and as I assume many would expect -- I made personal choices when I was younger that I neither support nor condone for others and certainly wouldn't encourage through public policy."</a>

  • 30: Seth MacFarlane

    <a href="http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2008/07/03/seth_macfarlane_swears_off_marijuana" target="_blank">"I don't smoke much pot anymore."</a>

  • 29: Martha Stewart

    <a href="http://laist.com/2013/06/21/martha_stewart_of_course_i_know_how.php" target="_blank">"Of course I know how to roll a joint."</a>

  • 28: Angelina Jolie

    <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/66340-angelina-jolies-reefer-madness" target="_blank">“… the one that has the worst effect for me was pot. I felt silly and giggly - I hate feeling like that.”</a>

  • 27: Morgan Freeman

    <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2003/apr/21/artsfeatures" target="_blank">"Never give up the ganja."</a>

  • 26: David Letterman

    <a href="http://www.cannabisculture.com/node/9795" target="_blank">“I went through one period when I smoked a surprising, a really breath-taking, amount of grass almost every night.”</a>

  • 25: Jennifer Aniston

    <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-71729/I-enjoy-cannabis-says-Jen.html#ixzz24Cka4lW5" target="_blank">“I enjoy it once in a while. There is nothing wrong with that. Everything in moderation. I wouldn't call myself a pot-head.”</a>

  • 24: Michael Phelps

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nick-graham/michael-phelps-bong-pictu_b_162842.html" target="_blank">“[Phelps] firmly denies that he takes drugs, suggesting that the notorious photo of him smoking from a bong was a one-time lapse of judgment.”</a>

  • 23: Tom Brokaw

    <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/brokaw-on-politics-pot_b17951" target="_blank">“…what I did was experiment with a little marijuana like a lot of other people and walked away…”</a>

  • 22: Ted Turner

    <a href="http://www.cannabisculture.com/articles/2606.html" target="_blank">"CNN anchor Gwen Scott claimed it is common knowledge that Turner sits in his office and smokes marijuana."</a>

  • 21: Brad Pitt

    <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2091647/Brad-Pitt-quit-smoking-marijuana-turned-doughnut.html#ixzz24BzxWK00" target="_blank">“I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much [marijuana].”</a>

  • 20: Lady Gaga

    <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2011/02/lady-gaga-i-smoke-a-lot-of-pot-when-i-write-music-/1#.T143xczXEfI" target="_blank">"I smoke a lot of pot when I write music."</a>

  • 19: Michael Bloomberg

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/10/nyregion/bloomberg-says-he-regrets-marijuana-remarks.html" target="_blank">"You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.''</a>

  • 18: George Clooney

    <a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/ten-celebrity-potheads-that-might-surprise-you/" target="_blank">“The owner of a local cannabis café told reporters George Clooney was no stranger there.”</a>

  • 17: Rush Limbaugh

    <a href="http://www.chronicle.su/news/rush-limbaugh-endorses-marijuana/" target="_blank">"I wouldn’t have been able to make it through hundreds of shows if it weren’t for the benefits of medical marijuana"</a>

  • 16: LeBron James

    <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4350557" target="_blank">“James also revealed he and his teammates smoked marijuana one night after getting access to a hotel room in Akron.”</a>

  • 15: Sanjay Gupta

    <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/08/health/gupta-changed-mind-marijuana/index.html?hpt=hp_c4" target="_blank">"I have tried it."</a>

  • 14: Rand Paul

    <a href="http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-q/2010/08/gq-exclusive-rand-pauls-crazy-college-days-hint-theres-a-secret-society-involved.html" target="_blank">"According to this woman, who requested anonymity because of her current job as a clinical psychologist, "He and Randy came to my house, they knocked on my door, and then they blindfolded me, tied me up, and put me in their car. They took me to their apartment and tried to force me to take bong hits. They'd been smoking pot."</a>

  • 13: Andrew Cuomo

    <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/attorney-general-andrew-cuomo-smoked-pot-younger-years-illegal-drugs-article-1.178948" target="_blank">"I did experiment with marijuana when I was a youth."</a>

  • 12: George W. Bush

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/20/politics/20talk.html" target="_blank">"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."</a>

  • 11: Bill Gates

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Gates-Microsofts-Reinvented-Industry-Himself/dp/0671880748" target="_blank">“As for drugs – well, Gates was certainly not unusual there. Marijuana was the pharmaceutical of choice…”</a>

  • 10: Bill Maher

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=FLKkxPu2hfA#!" target="_blank">"Look, I have never made a secret of the fact that I have tried marijuana... About 50,000 times."</a>

  • 9: George Soros

    <a href="http://www.reuters.com/" target="_blank">"He said he had tried marijuana, enjoyed it, 'but it did not become a habit and I have not tasted it in many years.'"</a>

  • 8: John Kerry

    <a href="http://www.ontheissues.org/2004/John_Kerry_Drugs.htm" target="_blank">"Yes." [In response to the question: "Which of you are ready to admit to having used marijuana in the past?"]</a>

  • 7: Jay Z

    <a href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2009/09/feature-time-to-build/" target="_blank">"I smoked some weed, and that’s how I finished ‘Izzo.’"</a>

  • 6: Jon Stewart

    <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-5-2008/seth-rogen" target="_blank">“Do you know how many movies I wrote when I was high?”</a>

  • 5: Stephen Colbert

    <a href="http://blog.sfgate.com/tgoodman/2006/01/" target="_blank">"First, [in high school], I smoked a lot of pot...and that’s how I got to know the people ‘half in’ the society of my high school and we waved at each other over the bong. Then I got to know people by making jokes.”</a>

  • 4: Clarence Thomas

    <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1991/07/11/us/thomas-smoked-marijuana-but-retains-bush-support.html" target="_blank">"The White House said today that Judge Clarence Thomas, President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, had smoked marijuana while in college."</a>

  • 3: Bill Clinton

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpBzQI_7ez8" target="_blank">"I experimented with marijuana a time or two."</a>

  • 2: Oprah Winfrey

    <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/oprah-admits-smoked-marijuana-1982-hear-better-article-1.1428915" target="_blank">"To kick things off, [television show host Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh … 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed. 'I hear it's gotten better.'"</a>

  • 1: Barack Obama

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpBzQI_7ez8" target="_blank">"When I was a kid, I inhaled frequently. That was the point."</a>