Officers with the DRPS reportedly seized more than $50 million worth of illegal cannabis plants and shut down 18 growing operations are part of a recent initiative.
Dubbed Project Mosquito, the fall drug sweep resulted in 30 arrests over the past few months, more than 60 charges and the seizure of three rifles.
“In addition to the 41,880 marihuana plants seized (valued at $50.26 million) investigators also seized 111,130 grams of marihuana, 1,723 grams of hashish as well as hashish oil and honey oil,” reads a media release.
“Total value of all drugs seized was $51.63 million.”
Warrants were executed at 17 outdoor growing operations and one indoor operation over the past two months.
Police say the largest location was at Concession Road 4 near Goodwood, where 9,826 plants were seized, followed by one on McKee Road in Blackstock, where 7,465 plants were seized as well as three long guns.
At least one of the locations was in Brock Township but information has not been released by police. The plants seized locally were disposed of by municipal staff.
“Although the private growers had licenses from Health Canada to grow marijuana for medical purposes, the crops far exceeded the approved limit,” reads a media release.
“In one case, an operation was licensed to grow 1,023 indoor plants but 9,826 plants were discovered. It does not appear that any monitoring of these private growing operations had occurred.”
“The monitoring of individual licensed growers is clearly not happening on a scale required,” added Detective Brad Corner of the DRPS Drug Enforcement Unit.
“In order to keep an eye on these operations, someone needs to check on them at least once during the growing season, and that just isn’t happening.”