Ontario Provincial Police say they seized more than 4,200 cannabis plants and more than 350kg of processed cannabis and cannabis shake from two residences and one greenhouse in Leamington on May 12.
Twelve people were arrested in this ongoing investigation, worth over $5.1 million dollars.
The raid was led by the OPPs Provincial Joint Force Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET).
“The proliferation of illegal marihuana grow operations, as evidenced by this recent significant seizure in Leamington demonstrates the resolve by criminal enterprise groups to profit from illegal activity,” said Inspector Glenn Miller – OPP Essex County Detachment Commander. “To those individuals or groups who continue to profit from these illegal grow operations, the OPP will relentlessly pursue your interests, seize your property and introduce you into the criminal justice system.”
In the last two years, members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) have issued more than 152 warrants across Ontario, seized hundreds of thousands of cannabis plants, thousands of pounds of dried cannabis, edibles and concentrates and other illicit drugs, and millions in Canadian currency and the proceeds from crime such as property, vehicles and firearms. The PJFCET has laid nearly 2,000 federal Cannabis Act and Criminal Code charges.