Marijuana worth of $6.5M seized in King Township

Posted by Sagar Satapathy on August 06, 2018.

York Regional Police’s guns and gangs unit discovered a marijuana grow-op in King Township and seized 635 pounds of harvested cannabis and more than 4,000 plants, with a street value of $6.5 million. Besides, they laid charges against two men.

After getting complaints from the community, cops inspected at property at 570 Strawberry Ln. along with officials from King bylaw, York Region public health and King Fire and Emergency Services.

During the inspection the cops uncovered a large-scale cannabis grow operation on Friday.

As many as 22 greenhouses on the property was also executed.

Samkeo Vanvilay, 43, of Laval, Que. and Chi Chung Phan, 36, of Montreal, who were maintaining the plants have been arrested.

They have been charged with producing marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation revealed three Health Canada licenses were in place that allowed the suspects to grow a total of 875 plants each for medical purposes.

“This criminal enterprise was operating well in excess of Health Canada authorizations to grow cannabis for medical purposes,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said.

Further investigation into the matter is underway.

Police have asked people those who have information to contact the guns, gangs and drug enforcement unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7817.

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