Canada – Police seized $2.3 million in drugs and arrested three men during a pair of busts Thursday in LaSalle and Windsor. Officers of the Provincial Anti Violence Initiative Strategy (PAVIS) executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act search warrant at 1910 Todd Lane, where they seized 692 cannabis marijuana plants and 8774 grams of loose marijuana. Police said the drugs had a value of more than $779,000. Officers also found holes knocked in the basement block walls and that the hydro and water metres had both been bypassed.
Nearly two hours later, officers executed a warrant at 2576 California Ave., where they found a large number of marijuana plants growing in the basement and main levels of the home. Officers seized 1,575 cannabis marijuana plants and a small amount of loose marijuana. The value of the seized marijuana totaled over $1,575,000. Police also found the hydro and water metres had been bypassed in the basement of the residence.
In relation to the bust in LaSalle, Yi Feng Zhou, 31, of LaSalle faces two charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, unlawfully producing a controlled substance and unlawfully diverting electricity. Hao Ye, 56, and Zhizhao Ye, 29, both of no fixed address, are charged in connection to the California Avenue bust. They both are charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, unlawfully producing a controlled substance, unlawfully diverting electricity and theft not exceeding $5,000.
As a result of the investigation, officers learned that Zhizhao Ye was associated to the grow operation uncovered at the LaSalle address and as a result, he is facing additional charges. The total value of the cannabis marihuana seized as a result of both search warrants is in excess of $2,354,000. The PAVIS unit is a provincially funded joint forces operation comprised of officers from the Windsor, LaSalle and Amherstburg police services.
via : CBC News
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