Three people charged as York police seize $4.7 million worth of illegal cannabis

An Oshawa man was among three people charged after police in York seized more than $4.7 million worth of illegal cannabis in connection with a grow operation that was allegedly operated by organized crime.

According to police, officers began an investigation into a suspected illegal outdoor marihuana grow operation located on Highway 11 in King Township back in July.

“Through the investigation, officers learned that there was a licence through Health Canada, which allowed 475 outdoor plants and 124 indoor plants at one time. Officers discovered that there were well over 2,000 plants being grown at the location,” reads a media release.

“On September 27, 2019, a Cannabis Act Warrant was executed and three people who were located at the location were arrested and have been charged.”

Police say that officers seized a total of 2,360 plants and approximately 10 pounds of dried ready-for-packaging cannabis.

“The total street value of the drugs seized is more than $4.7 million dollars,” reads a media release.

Those charged include 56-year-old Rongchi Tan of Oshawa, 31-year-old Rui Min Zhen, 31, of King Township and 44-year-old Chang Jie Yu of Markham.

“Charges include producing cannabis and possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution,” the media release reads.

“The investigation is ongoing.”

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