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Police make $8.5M cannabis discovery in Port Perry, Ontario

Sep 16, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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A dual indoor-outdoor illegal cannabis grow-op housing 10,000-plus plants and 113 kilograms of processed bud was found in Port Perry, Ont. on Sept. 14.

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Executing a warrant on a property on highways 7 and 12, members of the Durham Regional Police Service’s (DRPS) Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) found the massive grow and hefty haul of dried weed in vacuum-sealed bags. The estimated value of the confiscated plants and processed pot was $8.5 million, DRPS reports in a statement.

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Additionally, another licence is required under the Excise Act, 2001 if a person is cultivating, producing or packaging cannabis products.

The DRPS has asked anyone with new information pertaining to the incident to contact the DEU.

Durham Region has busted some smaller and some larger grows in the past.

In August 2021, for example, DEU members raided a weed farm and found the licensed property had about five times more plants than it should have.

The property on Highway 47 in Goodwood, Ont. was licensed for 463 cannabis plants to be grown indoors only, but, instead, had eight temporary greenhouse structures containing more than 2,000 plants. Officers also confiscated more than 454 kilograms of dried cannabis.

Durham police bust cannabis grow in Port Perry. /
Durham police bust cannabis grow in Port Perry. / Photo by Durham Regional Police Service

Four people were arrested at the scene and later charged with one count apiece of unauthorized cannabis production.

In the fall of 2020, DRPS officers carried out a “sting” and came up with more than $50 million worth of illegal pot plants. The fall drug sweep, called Project Mosquito, shut down 18 growing operations, resulted in 30 arrests and 66 charges, led to the seizure of three rifles and spurred the recovery of $51.63 million worth of illegal product.

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