A 63-year-old man has been charged after police raided a legal marijuana grow-op in Port Colborne, Ont. for the second time in six months and found thousands of additional plants being illegally grown.
Niagara Regional Police responded to a robbery in progress at 462 Pinecrest Rd. just before 4 a.m. Sept. 19, 2016.
Police, K-9 and Emergency Task Unit officers responded to the scene with the help of Ontario Provincial Police and the Erie County Sherriff’s Department helicopter.
The NRPS Guns, Gangs, and Grow Unit attended the scene to help with the investigation and determined that the grower had three Health Canada licenses to produce medical marijuana, but suspected there was a large quantity of plants being grown unlawfully.
The grow-op was then raided the following day after a search warrant was executed and police discovered close to 3,400 marijuana plants growing — almost 3,000 more than were legally allowed.
On Thursday, police said they executed a second search warrant at the same house on March 23 and seized a total of 2,093 marijuana plants, which amounted to an additional 1,605 illegal plants.