$4.9M illegal cannabis operation busted in Caledon, two seniors charged


Published September 8, 2022 at 8:55 am

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An illegal cannabis grow and butane oil production operation was shut down in Caledon.

Two people face charges in connection with the illegal cannabis butane oil production operation, Caledon OPP said in a Sept. 8 press release.

In July 2022, police got a tip about a possible outdoor cannabis grow operation on a property on Patterson Side Road in Caledon, OPP said.

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With a Cannabis Act search warrant the Caledon Community Street Crime Unit busted the operation on Sept. 2.

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Police found an unlicensed cannabis butane oil extraction lab in a greenhouse.

Police seized the following items with an approximate street value of $4,955,000:

  • 615 kilograms of ground cannabis
  • 109 kilograms of refined cannabis
  • 6.5 kilograms of dried bud marihuana
  • 16.5 kilograms of butane cannabis oil
  • nine kilograms of hash
  • 500 full grown marihuana plants
  • Solvent extraction lab equipment

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Thi Yen Nguyen, 65, and Nam Hoang Nguyen, 67, both of Caledon, face the following charges:

  • Alter the chemical or physical property of cannabis by the use of an organic solvent
  • Possession for the purpose of distributing
  • Cultivate, propagate or harvest more than four cannabis plants

The accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Orangeville on Nov. 17 to answer to the charges.

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The OPP’s Central Region Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Clandestine Laboratory Investigative Response Team, supported by The Office of the Fire Marshal, attended the location to assess the operation. Hydro One, Caledon Fire, Town of Caledon By-Law/building inspector also conducted tandem investigations.

If you suspect illegal activity in your neighbourhood, contact police at 1-888-310-1122. Or anonymously contact Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.peelcrimestoppers.ca. When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon an arrest.

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