More arrests at Lakeshore Rd. marijuana facility
Marijuana (File photo)
More arrests have been made at the controversial medicinal marijuana facility on Lakeshore Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
On Monday, members of the Niagara Regional Police executed a search warrant at 1651 Lakeshore Road, for the second time since last September, and four men were arrested and charged with production of a controlled substance.
During the September search 11 people were arrested, and at that time none of the actual holders of licences to grow medical marijuana were present.
Police continued their investigation and learned that one of the licence holders was unaware their medical marijuana licence was being used at the Lakeshore Rd. greenhouses, and had never benefited from any use of marihuana grown there. As a result of police believed those responsible for growing marijuana at that location were doing so illegally.
On Monday, members of the guns, gangs, and grows unit, the morality unit, PAVIS (the Provincial Anti-violence Intervention Strategy) and uniform officers executed the search warrant. Police found four men inside and took them all into custody.
Charged with production of a controlled substance is 64-year-old Xiu Min Lin, 59-year-old Jin Seng Lin, 56-year-old Minh Fai Tong and 40-year-old Zeng Qiang Wang. All four were held in custody pending a bail hearing.
Again none of the medical marijuana licence holders were present during the search.
Police seized 390 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of $390,000. They are continuing their investigation and encourage anyone associated with this location to contact them.
When the arrests were made last September, 800 marijuana plants growing outside, estimated at $1.6 million, were seized by police following complaints from neighbours about a strong odour from the plants. The town also had concerns regarding building code and property standards violations.