OPP arrest six and seize 15,000 cannabis plants in Niagara raid

| Morton Robertson

Ontario Provincial Police’s Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team seized 15,000 cannabis plants and charged six following a search warrant execution in Niagara Falls on April 17.

OPP say they began their investigation after a strong smell of cannabis was noted outside a warehouse on Don Murie Street in Niagara Falls.

Police seized more than 2,500 clone cannabis plants, and more than 13,000 vegetative and mature budding cannabis plants.

The six charged were Chamrong Ladadas, 49, of no fixed address; Arthit Seesai, 31, of no fixed address; Xueqi Gao, 59, of no fixed address; Li Cheng, 58, of no fixed address; Jeffrey Lian, 41, of no fixed address, and Wen Guang Zheng, 66, of Markham.

They were released from custody and are scheduled to appear in court in St. Catharines, ON., on May 30.

The ongoing investigation involved the OPP’s West Region Emergency Response Team, Urban Search and Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear and Explosive Response Team, Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit, and Niagara Regional Police.

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