Police Seize $8 Million in Cannabis Plants in Niagara Falls Warehouse Raid

OPP seizes 15,000 cannabis plants worth $8M in Niagara Falls raid, arrests 6 suspects. Highlights ongoing efforts to combat unauthorized cannabis production and importance of inter-agency collaboration.

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Police Seize $8 Million in Cannabis Plants in Niagara Falls Warehouse Raid

Police Seize $8 Million in Cannabis Plants in Niagara Falls Warehouse Raid

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) executed a search warrant at an abandoned warehouse in Niagara Falls, Ontario, resulting in the seizure of over 15,000 cannabis plants with an estimated street value of $8 million. The raid, led by the OPP's Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET), was initiated after police detected a strong cannabis odor emanating from the warehouse on Don Murie Street.

During the operation, officers found and seized more than 2,500 clone cannabis plants and over 13,000 vegetative and mature budding plants. Six individuals were arrested and charged under the Cannabis Act with production and cultivation of cannabis without authorization: Chamrong Ladadas, Arthit Seesai, Xueqi Gao, Jeffrey Lian, Li Cheng Feng, and Wen Guang Zhen. The suspects, five of whom have no fixed address and range in age from 31 to 59, along with a 66-year-old from Markham, were released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on May 30.

Why this matters: The seizure of such a large quantity of illegal cannabis plants highlights the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to combat unauthorized cannabis production and distribution. The successful operation also emphasizes the importance of inter-agency collaboration in tackling organized crime and ensuring public safety.

The investigation was supported by various OPP units, including the West Region Emergency Response Team, Urban Search and Rescue, Chemical, Biological, Radioactive, Nuclear and Explosive Response Team, Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit, and the Niagara Regional Police. "The illegal production of cannabis is a growing problem in Ontario, and the OPP is committed to enforcing the law and keeping our communities safe," said Detective Inspector Jim Walker of the PJFCET. The OPP encourages anyone with information about the production of unauthorized or illegal cannabis to contact them or Crime Stoppers, as the investigation remains ongoing.

Key Takeaways

  • OPP seized 15,000 cannabis plants worth $8M in Niagara Falls raid.
  • 6 individuals arrested and charged with cannabis production/cultivation.
  • Raid involved multiple OPP units, highlighting inter-agency collaboration.
  • Illegal cannabis production is a growing problem in Ontario, says OPP.
  • Investigation remains ongoing, OPP encourages public to provide information.