Cannabis, crossbows, zebras and kangaroos.
Police north of Toronto say that’s exactly what was seized as part of ‘Project Green Sweep‘, with millions of dollars worth of illegally grown cannabis found in a series of raids that also uncovered several exotic animals.
York Regional Police say the operation targeted 15 locations in communities such as Markham, King, Stouffville and East Gwillimbury.
“As part of Project Green Sweep, officers seized 28,964 plants and 3,990 pounds of harvested cannabis, with a total street value of approximately $150 million dollars,” police said in a release.
“Also seized were seven firearms, two crossbows and a conducted energy weapon. At one location in Schomberg, several exotic animals, including three kangaroos and two zebras, were located.”
“When we executed the search warrant the animals had already been moved, so not sure where they are now,” Cons. Andy Pattenden said.
York police says it focused on this particular jurisdiction as it has been known as a cannabis hotspot.
“The illegal production of illicit cannabis is a growing problem in York Region and our citizens regularly call to report these large-scale indoor and outdoor grow operations,” Chief of Police Jim MacSween said.
MacSween is calling on Health Canada to close loopholes in its medical cannabis licensing legislation.
He says organized crime groups are exploiting the system to generate profits and fund other criminal activity.
With files from the Canadian Press