‘PROJECT MOSKITO’: Durham Police Confiscate greater than $ 50 million from Pot Develop-Op-Sting

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Durham Regional Police say they made a “stab” by confiscating more than $ 50 million worth of illegal potted plants and ceasing 18 growers.

The Fall drug use called Project Mosquito ended with 30 arrests, 66 charges and the seizure of three guns and $ 51.63 million worth of illegal products.

In the past two months, police carried out search warrants at 17 outdoor and one indoor growers.

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The largest bust was on Concession Rd. 4 near Goodwood, where 9,826 plants were confiscated. A second seizure took place on McKee Road. in Blackstock, where 7,465 plants were confiscated and three rifles were confiscated.

These were private growers who had licenses from Health Canada to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes, but the size of the plants was well above the approved limit, police said.

“The monitoring of individual licensed producers is clearly not carried out to the required extent. To keep track of what is happening, it needs to be checked at least once during the growing season, and that just doesn’t happen, ”said Det. Brad Corner of the DRPS Drug Enforcement Unit said Thursday.

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Police say much of the excess pot finds its way south of the border, where it is traded for guns and other harder drugs, which in turn supplies dangerous weapons to Canadian criminal gangs.

Anyone with new information on this case is encouraged to call the police at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 4378 or call Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

kconnor@postmedia.com

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