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Huronia West OPP say they busted an illegal online cannabis business in Stayner, Ont., on Wednesday before noon.
Officers executed a search warrant at a home that police say was being used as a cannabis business called Chronic The Hedge Hog.
Police say they found six people in the home and a number of cannabis products, including marijuana bud, shatter, resin and edibles.
Michael Hutchison, 33, David Varley, 49, Debby Varley, 53 and Christopher Hutchison, 36, all from Stayner, Ont., along with Ashley MacIntyre, 24, from Wasaga Beach, Ont., and Lisa Miller, 52, from Collingwood, Ont., were each charged with possessing cannabis for the purpose of selling it and possessing cannabis for the purpose of distributing it.
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Cheap land may be driving a proliferation of grow-ops in rural eastern Ontario, one that’s seen Ontario Provincial Police charge dozens of people and seize tens of millions of dollars of illegal cannabis in just over two months.
In that time, the region’s seen 18 drug busts that have led to 126 people arrested on charges that they illegally grew cannabis.
Nearly 59,000 plants were seized in the busts — an approximate street value of at least $70 million — along with hundreds of kilograms of processed cannabis, guns, cash and production equipment.
Police estimate each plant is worth between $1,200 and $1,400. The raids took place between July 29 and Oct. 2, at mostly rural addresses within a few hundred kilometres of Ottawa.
At one mid-September bust of a large outdoor operation in McArthurs Mills, Ont., midway between Bancroft, Ont., and Renfrew, Ont., OPP charged 26 people