Ontario Provincial Police have had a successful summer busting grow-ops across the province, seizing more than $143 million in illegal cannabis.
The provincial force sent out a news release on Thursday announcing that it had taken down several “criminal enterprises” and made 195 arrests. The operations were taking advantage of Health Canada’s cannabis production system.
Det. Insp. Jim Walker, a member of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and part of the Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team, said in the release that the criminal operations were diverting cannabis to the illegal market.
Between July 1 and Oct. 15, investigators searched 52 sites across the province, 24 in the east region alone. They seized more than 122,000 cannabis plants from the sites….