Article by The St. Catharines Standard
The largest marijuana raid in Niagara Regional Police history was made Tuesday as a result of a raid at a greenhouse operation in the area of Third Street Louth and Main Street in City of St. Catharines.
The NRP guns, gangs and grows unit, with the opioid enforcement unit, began an investigation in May as a result of complaints from citizens.
At about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, police with a search warrant entered the properties and immediately observed a “well-organized and large-scale cannabis growing operation,” said a news release.
Police located 11 people working on and tending to cannabis plants. Police found about 17,200 plants in various stages of growth.
The estimated value of the marijuana is $34 million, police said.
The release called it “the largest marijuana grow operation investigated by the Niagara Regional Police Service.”
Zengshou Liu, 63, of St. Catharines is charged with unauthorized production of cannabis contrary to the Federal Cannabis Act.
Charged with the same offence are Yongqi Liu, 51; Qiaoguo Yang, 50; Xiao Ping Yang, 51; Junso Dong, 48; and Jinying Xue; 52, all of Scarborough; as well as Lin Feng Shi, 41, and Jin Chin Jiang, 35, both of Markham; Libo Qian, 54, of Toronto; and Yingqiu Lin; 68, of New York, U.S.A.
Another man arrested had yet to be identified.
All are to appear at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on Sept. 4.