Article by CTV News
Two men have been charged after police raided 22 greenhouses north of Toronto and seized thousands of cannabis plants allegedly grown without proper licences.
York Regional Police say the drugs carried a street value of $6.5 million and were being grown in an “unregulated, illegal and unsafe manner.”
Officers conducted a safety inspection in July of a property in King Township after receiving several complaints. During the inspection, they discovered a “large-scale” cannabis grow-op on the property, according to a press release.
The owners of the property had three Health Canada licences that allowed each of them to grow a total of 875 plants for medical purposes. But police say they found much more.
“We had over 4,000 plants spread across 22 greenhouses and dried product stuffed in trailers, in trucks, in the residence. It was an absolute mess,” York Regional Police Deputy Chief Tom Carrique told CTV Toronto. “This definitely speaks to me of being a criminal enterprise.”