Mississauga man among five charged after police scoop up $2 million in pot, stolen property


Published September 10, 2021 at 11:32 am

A Mississauga man is among five people facing charges after OPP seized more than $2 million in marijuana and stolen property in a house raid near Windsor. 

Oxford County OPP say officers with their Community Street Crime Unit conducting a drug trafficking investigation executed a search warrant on Tuesday at an Oxford Road 29 home in Blandford-Blenheim Township. 

Police subsequently seized more than 1,300 cannabis plants, some 300 pounds of processed cannabis, an amount of suspected cocaine, hashish, firearms and a stolen vehicle.  

Value of all items seized is more than $2 million, police say. 

Pin Chen, 31, of Mississauga, is charged with cultivate, propagate or harvest any cannabis plant at a place that isn’t their dwelling. 

Yong Liu, 62, of Markham, is charged with the same offence. 

Three others—Ronald Lesperance, 57, and Evelyn Resendes, 54, both of Drumbo (near Cambridge), and Matthew Resendes, 23, of Cambridge—are charged with the same offence in addition to possession of property obtained by crime (Lesperance and Evelyn Resendes), possession for purpose of trafficking (Matthew Resendes) and possession of firearms offences (Lesperance and Evelyn Resendes). 

More charges are pending, police say. 

All five of those charged will appear in Ontario Court in Woodstock at a later date. 

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