Four people from GTA charged in connection with Arthur grow-op

ARTHUR – Four people from the Greater Toronto Area have been charged in connection with an illegal marijuana grow-op here.

On June 4, Wellington County OPP officers, assisted by Perth officers, the provincial Joint Forces Cannabis Enforcement Team and the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, conducted a drug bust at a commercial property at 10 Wells Street West in Arthur.

Police say the officers seized over 7,500 plants valued at over $6 million, as well as a large quantity of Canadian currency and marijuana processing equipment.

The following individuals were charged with growing cannabis at a place that is not their dwelling, possession of cannabis for the purpose of distributing, possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling, and possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime (over $5,000):

  • Engang Ex, 43, of Scarborough;
  • Chenguang Li, 47, of Scarborough;
  • Lifan LI, 23, of Markham; and
  • Hai Lin, 29, of Markham.

They are to appear in Guelph court at a later date.

A photo supplied by Wellington OPP shows marijuana plants inside of 10 Wells Street in Arthur.
Submitted photo