Operator of Winnipeg magic mushroom shop given house arrest sentence

One of the operators of an illegal magic mushroom shop that popped up in Osborne Village last year will serve nine months of house arrest for her role in the operation.

Hosnia Qazi, a real estate agent from Ottawa, was in court Wednesday for sentencing after she was arrested and charged in May 2023 for possessing drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

The court heard the Winnipeg Police Service started investigating the shop, Magic Mush, on May 18, 2023, and on two separate occasions, undercover officers went to the store to buy products.

“In each occurrence, the staff did not request any identification or offer any advice or explanation related to the product they were selling,” said Crown attorney Dan Manning while reading a statement of the facts.

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