Article by Bruce Bell, Intelligencer
Residents in an Ameliasburgh neighbourhood can finally sleep with their windows open after the Ontario Provincial Police seized a number of cannabis plants from an illegal growing operation at the site of a former nursery.
CSCU officers, along with members of the Prince Edward County OPP Detachment, OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) executed a search warrant on County Road 28 shortly before sunrise Thursday morning at the site of the former Dekker’s Greenhouse.
The seizure marked the fifth property in Prince Edward County to be raided in the last week. Police nabbed 6,400 plants from three properties in North Marysburgh and another 2,300 from a Jericho Road property Tuesday.
Nearby residents said the seizure comes as a huge relief.
“The smell has been just awful since they moved in here earlier this summer,” said one resident , who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Trucks started showing up in June and unloading plants and we could smell it as soon as they started unloading the trucks. No one ever came to the door and said, ‘This is what we’re doing and if you have any concerns, let us know,’ or anything like that, so it’s been quite suspicious from the very beginning.
“You never see anyone around during the day and they never came out unless it was dark. There are a lot of families living here and I just find it really strange that people would start a grow-op in the middle of a residential neighbourhood and think no one would notice. None of the black fencing was up when they started this, they added it so people couldn’t see in.”
Police have not released the number of plants confiscated at the County Road 28 seizure or the number of arrests.
Neighbours say activity ramped up Wednesday evening when helicopters began hovering nearby and continued for several hours. By the time residents awoke Thursday morning, the fenced in site was being dismantled by officers.