OPP SEIZES OVER 5000 CANNABIS PLANTS IN PEMBROKE
Four individuals arrested and charged
(PEMBROKE, ON) – On March 3, 2021 members of the OPP Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET), OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), Provincial Asset Forfeiture Unit (PAFU), Emergency Response Team (ERT) and officers from the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the OPP executed a search warrant at a commercial building in the 900 block of Mackay Street in the City of Pembroke.
In addition to the cannabis plants, a large quantity of growing and processing equipment was seized.
As a result of this investigation Aile GUO, age 42 of Markham, Xidi YU, age 48 of Markham, Ziyu YE, age 52 of Scarborough, and Pingmai ZHEN, age 63 of no fixed address, are each charged with the following offence under the Cannabis Act (CA):
• Cultivate, propagate or harvest any cannabis plant at a place that is not their dwelling house – section 12(6)(a) CA
All accused persons were released from police custody and are scheduled to attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke on April 6, 2021.
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- The PJFCET is responsible for enforcing the cannabis laws and investigating criminal enterprises that exploit or abuse the legal cannabis market and consists of members from the OPP and several Municipal Police Services. The PJFCET targets illegal cannabis production, sale and distribution enterprises across Ontario.
- The PJFCET partners with OPP Regional Community Street Crime Units, along with members of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Emergency Response Team and Tactics and Rescue Unit, Ontario Fire Marshal, Ministry of Environment, Canada Border Services Agency and local municipalities to safeguard and protect communities from the dangers inherent with the illegal cannabis industry.