The Provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team (PJFCET) has charged three people following a large scale seizure of illicit cannabis in Quinte West.
On June 15, 2021, officers from PJFCET, along with the Quinte West OPP and Central Hastings Community Street Crime Units (CSCU) executed a search warrant of an address on Aikins Road. Three people were arrested and approximately 3500 cannabis plants, and over 800 pounds of processed cannabis valued at approximately $4500000 were seized.
Guanzhi CAO, 44 years old, Hongjun ZHANG, 54 years old, both from Scarborough and Yingen CAO, 37 years old of Markham have been charged with the following under the Cannabis Act:
- Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant that is from seed or plant material that is illicit cannabis
- Cultivate, propagate or harvest a cannabis plant at a place that is not their dwelling house; and
- Possession for the purpose of distributing
All three accused were released from custody on undertakings and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Belleville on July 22, 2021.