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$6.5M worth of marijuana seized in King Township; 2 men charged

Last Updated Aug 3, 2018 at 11:21 pm EDT

York police have laid charges against two men after a marijuana grow-op was discovered in King Township.

Complaints from the community prompted a safety inspection of the property which uncovered a large-scale cannabis grow operation.

A search warrant on the house and 22 greenhouses on the property was executed on Friday.

More than 4,000 plants and 635 pounds of marijuana worth $6.5 million were seized.

Two men who were maintaining the plants have been arrested.

The investigation revealed three Health Canada licences were in place that allowed the suspects to grow a total of 875 plants each for medical purposes.

“This criminal enterprise was operating well in excess of Health Canada authorizations to grow cannabis for medical purposes,” Chief Eric Jolliffe said.

Samkeo Vanvilay, 43, of Laval, Que., and Chi Chung Phan, 36, Montreal are both facing charges of produce marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The investigation in still ongoing.