On October 4th, 2017 members of the Gun, Gangs, and Grows Unit concluded an investigation into two Beamsville locations for unlawfully producing marihuana.
Search warrants were obtained for 5377 King Street, west, and 4390 South Service Road. Police were aware that each of these locations had legitimate medical marihuana licences, however from the investigation Police learned that people were providing Health Canada with fraudulent information in order to obtain multiple medical marihuana licences for each address, and as a result these marihuana grows were found to be unlawful.
At approximately 3:00 pm Police executed the search warrant at 5377 King Street. Police arrested 10 people at this location. Subsequently Police charged only 2 of the individuals. Charged with 1 count of Unlawful Production of a Controlled Substance and 1 count of Possession of Proceeds of Crime are 60-year-old Jun-Yi, LI and 79-year-old Jie-X, LIN. The remaining 8 persons arrested were released from custody without being charged.
At approximately 4:30 pm Police executed the search warrant at 4390 South Service Road, and arrested 2 males. Both males were subsequently released from custody without being charged.
A total of 13,955 marihuana plants with a street value of $13,955,000.00, and 142 pounds of dried processed marihuana with a street value of $284.000.00 was seized. The large number of marihuana plants seized exceeded the licence amount by over 10,000 plants.
Police are continuing this investigation. Although no persons were charged at 4390 South Service Road, Police anticipate charges in the near future.