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(Aerial photo) Two gi-humongous drug busts

OPP NEWS RELEASES ********************* Largest marijuana seizure in Iroquois Falls area ever One of the biggest in Ontario in recent memory (Iroquois Falls, On) - On July 24th, 2005 Project "Northern Gateway" (a joint investigation between members o
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OPP NEWS RELEASES

********************* Largest marijuana seizure in Iroquois Falls area ever

One of the biggest in Ontario in recent memory

(Iroquois Falls, On) - On July 24th, 2005 Project "Northern Gateway" (a joint investigation between members of the Ontario Provincial Police OPP Drug Enforcement, North East Region OPP and North Bay Police service), assisted by members of the, Emergency Response Unit, Ract, K-9 and the Iroquois Falls OPP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act Search Warrant at 1282 Frank Road in Clergue Township.

That resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana in the fields [shown] behind the residence.

One male was arrested at the scene and held pending a bail hearing in Timmins Court scheduled for Monday the 25th of July.

In excess of twenty-one thousand plants were seized.

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The plants were in various stages of growth, ranging in size from 8-24 inches but were estimated at a value in excess of twenty-one million dollars upon maturity.

Also seized was offence related property (tractor, furrow, pump, hoses, hand implements) with an estimated value of $35,000.

Charged: CHU, Zhi, Ji D.O.B: 24 Dec 1965 0f Scarborough, Ontario

He has been charged with Production of a Controlled Substance to wit Cannabis Marijuana Contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

******************* Large marijuana seizure Joly Township residence

(Sundridge, On) - On July 19th, 2005 Project "Northern Gateway" (a joint investigation between members of the Ontario Provincial Police OPP Drug Enforcement, North East Region OPP and North Bay Police service), assisted by members of the Almaguin Highlands OPP Crime Unit, Emergency Response Unit and the Almaguin Highlands OPP executed a Controlled Drugs and Substance Act Search Warrant at 1335 Forrest Lake Road Joly Township.

That resulted in the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana in the fields behind the residence as well as drugs and offence related property from the residence.

Four males were arrested at the scene and held pending a bail hearing in Parry Sound Court scheduled for Wednesday the 20th of July.

In excess of seven thousand plants were seized.

The plants were in various stages of growth and were estimated at a value in excess of seven million dollars upon maturity.

A small amount of dried marijuana and ecstasy was also seized.

Also seized was offence related property (pumps, heaters, light hoods, timers light bulbs) with an estimated value of $2000.

Charged: YE, Kai, Xuan D.O.B: 09 Dec 1976 0f Markham, Ontario

CHEN, MIng, Xiang D.O.B: 08 Feb 1979 Of Scarborough, Ontario

LIU, Ping Jian D.O.B: 10Jun1968 Of Scarborough

ZHU, Zhen, Yu D.O.B: 20Nov1975 Of Toronto

All are charged with production of a controlled substance to wit cannabis marijuana contrary to Section 7(1) of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, two counts of possession of a controlled substance in relation to the dried marijuana and ecstasy 4(1) CDSA and one count of possession of a controlled substance to wit marijuana for the purpose of trafficking 5(2) CDSA

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