SIMCOE – Ontario Provincial Police have seized almost $4 million worth of marijuana in a raid east of Waterford on Wednesday.
Police said five men and two women are facing a series of charges. Norfolk OPP executed a search warrant at Concession 14 Townsend near Renton seizing
a large amount of marijuana plants and harvested pot .
Norfolk County OPP Const. Ed Sanchuck said Norfolk’s street crime unit, with the OPP drug enforcement unit, canine services and emergency response team recovered about $3.9 million in drugs and $18,000 in cash at the scene and seized three vehicles.
“People always ask me, ‘do local seizures make any kind of dent in the drug trade in Ontario?’,” said Norfolk County OPP Const. Ed Sanchuk. “I can tell you right now that any criminal arrest and seizure will have an impact on the drug trade in Ontario. The reality is, there’s a large market for illicit drugs in North America, particularly marijuana.”
Sanchuk added the majority of marijuana processed in Canada is exported to the United States in exchange for guns, cash and other assets that fuel criminal enterprise.“For individuals that are arrested, it will hamper their ability to participate in the drug trade,” he continued.
“By seizing marijuana before it’s harvested or even while it’s going on, it reduces the amount of illegal drugs reaching Ontario streets and being exported to the United States.”
Charged with producing marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 are Huangsheng Wu, 20, of Hamilton, Jerry Lin, 24, of Unionville, Shiyang Dong, 26, of Markham, De Fei Wu, 47, of Scarborough, Zeng Chen, 54 of Toronto, Xue Chen, 46, of Scarborough and Yi Zhen Li, 54, of Scarborough.
They will appear in court in Simcoe at a later date.