Ten people have been charged with one count each of harvesting cannabis without authorization following a raid at a greenhouse in St. Catharines, Ont. that revealed 14,536 cannabis plants estimated to be worth $14.5 million.
Members of the Ontario Provincial Police’s Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team and the Niagara Regional Police Service jointly carried out the raid.
The search warrant was executed at a grow operation that was licensed by Health Canada, but where it was believed breaches of the Cannabis Act were taking place, notes an OPP statement.
The police reported on Friday that they made the massive finding after searching a greenhouse in St. Catharines. Beyond the 14,536 plants seized, officers discovered 2,212 pounds (1,003 kilograms) of processed cannabis valued at about $2.2 million. The 10 accused are Meng Zhang, 47, Jing Zhang, 40, Anhtuan Nguyen, 20, Thi Hua Pham, 21, Minhdat Ho, 20, Jumbao Wang, 53, Son Bao Ngo, 19, Yujie Yang, 27, Zhibin Li, 38, Shunping Zhang, 52. All are from the Toronto area, with one person being from London.
They have since been released and will appear in court at a later date.