Article by Peterborough Examiner
Eight people have been charged after a drug raid at a property on Elm Tree Road, south of Highway 7, just west of Lindsay.
The raid was part of an ongoing York Regional Police investigation dubbed Project Moon which saw the seizure of about $40 million in drugs, including from illegal marijuana factories operating out of farms in the Lindsay, Durham Region and Leamington areas.
The farms were raided on July 3.
York Regional Police, along with the Toronto Police, Ontario Provincial Police and Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario, focused their efforts of dismantling a large-scale synthetic drug network.
Asian-organized crime groups and street gangs were found to be producing and supplying methamphetamine, MDMA, shatter and mushrooms, investigators discovered.
The synthetic drug operations were being funded through the production and sale of illicit marijuana by abusing the Health Canada medical cannabis licensing system, police said.
As a result of search warrants that were executed across southern Ontario, more than 20,000 illegally grown cannabis plants were seized, along with more than 560 kilograms of dried cannabis, 23 kilograms of methamphetamine, 15,300 MDMA pills, nine pounds of mushrooms, 400 Viagra pills, $220,000 in currency and four firearms, including a Tech 9 machine gun with a silencer.
Six-hundred pounds of marijuana and 10 pounds of hashish were seized from the Elm Tree Road property. A total of $40 million dollars in drugs were seized in Project Moon with 41 people charged.