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Search of Ontario residence leads to drug and weapons charges against 37-year-old man

Oct 26, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Suspected MDMA, diazepam, illicit cannabis and replica firearms seized

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A 37-year-old man in Hawkesbury, Ont., about an hour east of Ottawa, is facing numerous drugs and weapons charges after a search of a residence.

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The warrant was executed at a residence on Regent Street by three Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) units, resulting in the seizure of suspected methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), diazepam, illicit cannabis and replica firearms.

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The man has been charged with several offences under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act (CDSA), the Canadian Criminal Code (CCC) and the Cannabis Act (CA), according to an OPP news release, including unauthorized possession of a weapon and possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling.

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He is due in court early next month.

Under the CA, the illegal distribution or sale of cannabis can lead to a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Details about the replica firearms are unclear but they likely didn’t include a military-grade rocket launcher, which was the case earlier this month when U.K police raided a suspected cannabis grow.

Raiding the site in the civil parish of Whiston, police found 47 plants, a “large amount of harvested cannabis,” and the rocket launcher, which had been decommissioned.

“The rocket launcher was a surprising find, and thankfully it was a decommissioned weapon,” a police spokesperson said.

Shockingly, this is not the first time a rocket launcher has been found at a grow site.

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In 2010, a police raid near Kamloops, B.C., led to the seizure of a small arsenal of weapons, including “a Canadian Army anti-tank device,” per The Canadian Press.

The rocket launcher was included in a haul of seven rifles, two shotguns, eleven handguns and as much as 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

In addition to the weapons, police also seized about eight kilograms of cannabis, growing equipment and several vehicles believed to be stolen, including a 2005 Corvette.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in connection to the raid.

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