Article by Alison Langley, Niagara Falls Review
A 66-year-old man who was hired to tend to a marijuana crop due to his proficiency in growing tomatoes has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for his role in a medical marijuana facility that police say grew thousands of plants illegally.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 19, 2016, Niagara Regional Police responded to a robbery which had occurred at a rural home on Pinecrest Road in Port Colborne.
The residents, Peter Muileboom and his wife, told police they had been confronted at gunpoint by a group of masked men who demanded drugs, cash and guns.
Police then discovered the property was home to a licensed medical marijuana facility.
The 2,700-square-metre greenhouse operation, formerly Muileboom Organics, and once backed by former prime minister John Turner, had three medical marijuana licences limiting production to about 400 plants.
Police, however, seized 3,390 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
The additional illegal plants, police said, could have yielded a profit of more than $1.5 million.
The defendant was cautioned by police, but not charged with a crime.
Police returned to the property six months later and discovered almost 3,000 pot plants.
Muileboom was subsequently arrested and charged with production of a controlled substance.
In Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines Monday, Judge Peter Wilkie imposed a sentence of 30 days, to be served on weekends.
The judge said a custodial sentence was required as the defendant had resumed growing unlawful amounts of marijuana, despite the earlier warning by police.