The organized crime enforcement bureau of OPP say they have dismantled a large-scale cannabis operation in Leamington — with seizures of cannabis estimated to be more than $80 million in value.
Led by the Provincial Joint Force Cannabis Enforcement Team, the raid took place at a greenhouse on Mersea Road on Nov. 18.
Multiple OPP units descended on the scene, uncovering more than 75,000 cannabis plants and more than 2,400 kilograms of processed cannabis.
A total of 10 individuals from North York, Scarborough and Markham were arrested — each of them charged with possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling and cultivating cannabis plants at a place that is not a dwelling, in violation of the Cannabis Act.
OPP said their investigation is ongoing.
Insp. Glenn Miller, detachment commander of Essex County OPP, said the latest raid shows the resolution of “criminal enterprise groups” to make money from illegal activity.
“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 to the criminal justice system,” Miller warned.
Wednesday’s raid included members of the Essex County OPP emergency response team, tactics and rescue team, and crime unit.
OPP regional community street crime units were also involved.
Provincial police have made several arrests involving illegal cannabis in the Leamington area in recent months.
On Oct. 17, a traffic stop on Talbot Street West resulted in OPP officers discovering more than 90 kilograms of cannabis in the backseat of a vehicle.
Two people from Toronto were arrested.
On Sept. 22, OPP raided properties on Mersea Rd. 3 and Mersea Rd. 6 — resulting in the seizure of 500 cannabis plants.
Four Leamington residents were arrested and charged.