27 charged, $2.1 million in pot seized following Simcoe-area bust

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There’s been another major marijuana seizure in Norfolk County.

OPP on Sept. 24 executed a search warrant at a property on Windham Rd. 12 north of Simcoe. When police arrived, some people at the scene attempted to flee. A total of 27 people were arrested without incident while marijuana with an estimated street value of $2.1 million was seized.

“The investigation is ongoing and a complete list with names and charges will be released in the coming days as police anticipate further arrests surrounding this investigation,” Const. Ed Sanchuk of the Norfolk OPP said in a news release.

Front-line officers executing the search warrant included members of the Haldimand and Norfolk Community Street Crime Unit, members of the OPP’s Provincial Joint Cannabis Enforcement Team, and members of the force’s Emergency Response Team.

“The OPP would like to thank our partners at Norfolk County bylaw, Norfolk County fire department and everyone at the Norfolk County roads department for their assistance with this investigation,” Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said. “I want to reiterate that the OPP’s role is to enforce and investigate criminal cannabis incidents and focus on the apprehension of those who produce, sell, distribute, import (or) export and use cannabis outside the parameters of both the provincial and federal legislation.”

This is the second major seizure of illicit cannabis in Norfolk since the first of August. During an operation last month, 60,000 illegal plants were seized from a greenhouse at an undisclosed location in Norfolk during an Ontario-wide sweep that netted 101,000 plants in total.


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