Police bust $3.9 million illegal cannabis grow op in Northumberland County

More than 3,400 cannabis plants seized along with 72 pounds of street-ready product at two rural properties in Cramahe Township

Some of the 3,444 cannabis plants at an illegal cannabis grow op in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. On August 6, 2020, police arrested and charged three people with violations under the federal Cannabis Act. (Photo: OPP)
Some of the 3,444 cannabis plants at an illegal cannabis grow op in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. On August 6, 2020, police arrested and charged three people with violations under the federal Cannabis Act. (Photo: OPP)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) took down a major illegal cannabis grow op in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County last week.

On Thursday (August 6), police executed two search warrants under the federal Cannabis Act at two adjoining rural properties near Colborne.

At the two properties, police seized a total of 3,444 cannabis plants, 41 pounds of processed cannabis, and 31 pounds of cannabis resin.

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They also seized a farm tractor and cell phone.

Police estimate the street value of the seized cannabis at $3.9 million.

As a result of the investigation, police arrested and charged 51-year-old Ronald Forget and 54-year-old Faith Forget, both of Cramahe Township, and 55-year old Ken Hung Yap of Scarborough, with possession of illicit cannabis, possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution, cultivate more than four cannabis plants, and cultivate place other than residence.

Police estimate the street value at $3.9 million of the cannabis plants and processed products they seized on August 6, 2020 at an illegal cannabis grow op in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County.  (Photo: OPP)
Police estimate the street value at $3.9 million of the cannabis plants and processed products they seized on August 6, 2020 at an illegal cannabis grow op in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. (Photo: OPP)

The three accused were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg on October 14, 2020.

The investigation was a joint effort of the Northumberland/Peterborough OPP community street crime Unit (CSCU) with the assistance of the City of Kawartha Lakes CSCU, Bracebridge CSCU, Orillia CSCU, Nottawasaga CSCU, Central Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, and Central Region emergency response teams and canine units.

On August 6, 2020, police executed two search warrants under the federal Cannabis Act at two adjoining rural properties near Colborne in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County.  (Photo: OPP)
On August 6, 2020, police executed two search warrants under the federal Cannabis Act at two adjoining rural properties near Colborne in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. (Photo: OPP)
The illegal cannabis grow op was located inside and outside at two adjoining rural properties near Colborne in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. On August 6, 2020, police seized 3,444 cannabis plants along with 72 pounds of street-ready product and charged two Cramahe Township residents and one Scarborough resident.  (Photo: OPP)
The illegal cannabis grow op was located inside and outside at two adjoining rural properties near Colborne in Cramahe Township in eastern Northumberland County. On August 6, 2020, police seized 3,444 cannabis plants along with 72 pounds of street-ready product and charged two Cramahe Township residents and one Scarborough resident. (Photo: OPP)

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