Dozens charged in $2.1M pot bust

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Provincial police in Norfolk County say 27 people face charges after a huge marijuana growing operation was busted.

Officers with the OPP’s Haldimand/Norfolk County Community Street Crime Unit along with members of the Provincial Joint Cannabis Enforcement Team and Emergency Response Team members raided a property on Windham Road 12 near Delhi on Thursday.

Police said they seized 2,100 pot plants, which they estimate the value of at $2.1 million.

According to police, some people tried to take off from the property when officers arrived. However, 27 people were taken into custody. All are charged with unlawfully cultivating cannabis.

“The OPP would like to thank our partners at Norfolk County Bylaw, Norfolk County Fire Department and everyone at the Norfolk County Roads Department for their assistance with this investigation,” Norfolk OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Joseph Varga said in a news release issued Friday. “I want to reiterate that the OPP’s role is to enforce and investigate criminal cannabis incidents and focus on the apprehension of those who produce, sell, distribute, import/export and use cannabis outside of the parameters of both the provincial and federal legislation.”

Police said more arrests are expected.

If anyone has any information they are being urged to contact the Norfolk County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.