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OPP finds cannabis grow worth $4 million in southwestern Ontario

Oct 20, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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A joint policing effort ended this week with officers discovering approximately $4 million worth of cannabis at an illegal grow in southwestern Ontario.

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Thanks to public complaints, the authorities kicked off an investigation. The find was made Oct. 19 by team members, including the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) Community Street Crimes Unit and Emergency Response Team and Norfolk County bylaw officers, notes an OPP tweet.

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Although the OPP tweets do not mention if any arrests have been made in connection with the illegal grow, the Simcoe Reformer reports that officers took three people into custody.

According to Global News, the people were arrested without incident. Any related charges have not yet been disclosed.

“This is yet another example that highlights how the police and Norfolk County By-Law Enforcement continue to work with members of the community in partnership to resolve crime,” Inspector Jodi Kays, Norfolk OPP’s detachment commander, says of the search, per Blackburn News.

The OPP reports the investigation is continuing, with Simcoe Reformer adding that further arrests are anticipated.

Police photo of row upon row of pot pots. /
Police photo of row upon row of pot pots. / Photo by Ontario Provincial Police

Norfolk OPP officers were also involved in recently busting another grow in Tillsonburg this past August. Four Toronto residents were reportedly charged with cultivating, propagating or harvesting cannabis plants outside their home as a result of the police finding 2,600-plus illegal plants in a commercial building.

And though not a grow, Norfolk OPP officers were conducting a Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere check in Simcoe, Ont. during the early morning of May 12 when a driver opted out of the mandatory stop by fleeing the scene. Police later caught up with him, though, and found the 2,000 pot plants inside his vehicle.

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