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Ontario police find $2.6M of illegal cannabis in commercial building

Aug 29, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Four Toronto residents have been charged with cultivating cannabis outside their homes

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Four Toronto residents reportedly have been charged with cultivating, propagating or harvesting cannabis plants outside their home after the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) found 2,600-plus illegal plants in a commercial building in Tillsonburg.

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At about 10:30 a.m. on August 25, Global News reports that OPP officers carried out a search warrant on the property and discovered the illegal grow estimated to be worth $2.6 million. The plants were reportedly in various stages of growth.

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The raid, involving members of the OPP’s Oxford, Haldimand/Norfolk and Brant County community street crime units and the emergency response teams, found the plants in various stages of growth, according to Blackburn News.

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    Ontario region notorious for weed busts reports discovery of more than $6 million in latest seizure

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Four people from Toronto — aged 46, 43, 43 and 38 — who were inside the building at the time were taken into custody without incident, per Global News.

Each person has been charged with cultivating, propagating or harvesting any cannabis plant at a place not in their home.

All have since been released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court at a later date, Blackburn News reports.

The OPP investigation is continuing.

Tillsonburg is no stranger to large illegal grow-ops. In the spring of 2021, the OPP served a search warrant at a commercial building in the town and discovered about 9,700 marijuana plants, Norfolk and Tillsonburg News reported at the time. Ten people were charged in connection with the find.

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Later that same year in November, the Strathroy Age Dispatch reported that a 16-month investigation by the London Police Service and the OPP’s organized crime unit announced the seizure of $32 million worth of drugs. In all, 21 people were charged, including three from Tillsonburg.

The OPP has also been busy with weed busts around the province of late.

These include seizing more than 1,000 cannabis plants valued at about $1 million from a rural property in the Municipality of Tweed earlier this month, a massive find in late June involving $61 million worth of cannabis (about 45,000 plants and eitht metric tonnes of dried flower), equipment and property confiscated from two greenhouse sites and two residences and unearthing 7,600-plus illegal marijuana plants in Renfrew in May.

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