Illegal Cannabis Plants Worth Over $143 Million Seized by Ontario Police Since July

Over 122,000 illegal cannabis plants worth over $143 million have been seized across Ontario since the beginning of July, provincial police say. The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) confirmed Tuesday that they have made 195 arrests in the “takedown of several criminal enterprises exploiting the Health Canada medical, personal, and designate cannabis production regime” across the province. The OPP Regional Community Street Crime Units, together with the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Emergency Response Team, and Tactics and Rescue Unit teamed up to make the arrests between July 1 and Oct. 15, according to an OPP press release. In total, the OPP officers executed 52 warrants across Ontario, with 25 in the central, 24 in the east, and three in the west regions. Officials said that those targeted were involved in “large-scale, sophisticated illegal cannabis production, sale, and distribution operations.” Jim Walker, detective inspector with OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau warned …