Upwards of 6,000 cannabis plants and a hefty amount of bud were found during an Ontario Provincial Police raid of an illicit operation at a Kirkfield home.
In all, the estimated street value of seized cannabis July 21 at a residence on Portage Road is about $7.9 million, according to a statement from police.
OPP says the seizure of 6,152 plants in various stages of growth was the “equivalent of four full dump trucks” and worth about $6,152,000.
Police also confiscated 100 pounds of bud in the drying stage, with an estimated price tag of $225,500, and 329 pounds of dried bud, worth $1,490,370. A little over two pounds of resin was seized as well, valued at $20,840.
A skid steer, two forklifts and Health Canada licences were apprehended during the raid, but the OPP wasn’t able to provide more information on the type or number of licences at this time.
The federal agency has proposed tightening rules for licensed personal growing, to curb sales to the illicit market.
As part of the investigation, seven people have been charged under the Cannabis Act.
Charges include possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution and unlawfully cultivating plants at a place that’s not their dwelling.
The accused will appear in court Sept. 16