Bust in Port Hope involves almost 4,000 marijuana plants.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has laid charges against 10 people after discovering a massive illegal grow with about 3,850 cannabis plants and more than 800 pounds of processed marijuana during a raid of a property in the Port Hope area.
Members of the OPP Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland community street crime units and central region emergency response team carried out the raid earlier this week after obtaining a search warrant, according to Northumberland News.
The plants were estimated to be worth $3.85 million, reports Global News.
In connection with the find, 10 people from Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area face several charges each, namely possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing and unlawfully cultivating, propagating or harvesting cannabis not within a dwelling house, per Global News.
All accused are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 25.
As per the Cannabis Act, producing cannabis beyond the personal cultivation limit — which is four plants per household for personal use — is punishable by as long as 14 years in jail.
The OPP has busted a number of like-sized or larger illegal grows in recent weeks. In June alone, there were at least five such seizures in Fergus, Kingsville, Stirling-Rawdon, Quinte West and St. Catharines. In all case, both cannabis plants and processed marijuana was confiscated.
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