$22M in pot seized, six people arrested in OPP bust

Officers seized 21,000 illegal pot plants and 181 kilograms of processed cannabis

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Six people have been charged under the Cannabis Act after Ontario Provincial Police seized $22 million in illegal pot.

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On Oct. 14, the OPP Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team executed search warrants at two greenhouse locations and two houses in Vineland and St. Catharines.

Officers seized 21,000 illegal pot plants and 181 kilograms of processed cannabis.

Under the Cannabis Act, the six people were charged with intent to distribute and cultivate or harvest cannabis in a place that isn’t their own dwelling.

Cannabis seized during OPP searches of two houses in Vineland and St. Catharines.
Cannabis seized during OPP searches of two houses in Vineland and St. Catharines. Photo by Handout /OPP

Those charged include Xiaoqiang Wang, 34, and Ming Hua Xue, 59, both of Toronto, Xiao Chen, 34, and Erxiang Sun, 35, both of Scarborough, and Xiaping Lin, 67, and Qiangzheng Sun, 51, both of St. Catharines.

Cannabis plants discovered during OPP searches of two houses in Vineland and St. Catharines.
Cannabis plants discovered during OPP searches of two houses in Vineland and St. Catharines. Photo by Handout /OPP

OPP say the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call provincial police at 905-688-411, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

kconnor@postmedia.com

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