Illegal grow-op busted, over 5,000 cannabis plants seized in South Glengarry

Photo supplied by the SD&G OPP.

SOUTH GLENGARRY — Seven people were arrested yesterday and charged in connection with an illegal marijuana grow operation on Hay Road where the authorities turned up more than 5,000 cannabis plants, according to the SD&G OPP.

Officers with the local detachment and the OPP Community Street Crime Unit, Crime Enforcement Bureau, Emergency Response Team and Canine Unit, all took part in the Feb. 17 raid, as did officials with Canada Border Services and the Ministry of Labour’s Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Police say that in addition to the cannabis plants, a large quantity of growing and processing equipment was also seized.

The SD&G OPP reports that Jialin Chen, 56, of Markham, Jun Jiang, 36, of Markham, Shuhua Xu, 51, of Scarborough and Tao Zou, 29, of Unionville are all charged with:

•  Possession of illicit cannabis – Cannabis Act (CA) – 8(1)(b)

•  Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant that is from seed or plant material that is illicit cannabis – CA – 12(4)(a)

•  Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant at a place that is not their dwelling house – CA – 12(6)(a)

•  Distribute illicit cannabis – CA – 9(1)(a)(iv)

•  Possession for the purpose of distributing – CA – 9(2)

Photo supplied by the SD&G OPP.

The SD&G OPP reports that Zongxin Zou,  49, of Cornwall, Yun Lin, 52, of Cornwall, and Yuhua Lin, 51, of Unionville are all charged with:

•  Possession of illicit cannabis – Cannabis Act (CA) – 8(1)(b)

•  Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant that is from seed or plant material that is illicit cannabis – CA – 12(4)(a)

• Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant at a place that is not their dwelling house – CA – 12(6)(a)

• Distribute illicit cannabis – CA – 9(1)(a)(iv)

• Possession for the purpose of distributing – CA – 9(2)

• Falsification books and documents – fraudulent intent – Criminal Code – 397(1)(a)

• Fraud over $5000 – CC – 380(1)(a)

All of the accused were released to appear April 7 in Alexandria court.

Police say their investigation continues.

 

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