Police break up $100,000 grow-op


By Joel Charron

Amherstburg Police have arrested and charged a man and seized over $100,000 of marijuana.

A 51-year-old LaSalle resident was arrested last week and charged with three counts of unlawfully producing a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.


Det Const. Fred Adair, Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy and RCMP Const. Rob Allen display over 70 marijuana plants the police have confiscated.

As of Thursday afternoon a total of 56 plants had been found with 18 more plants being seized Friday. The Amherstburg police said the marijuana plants had been found in “several locations within the town of Amherstburg and Essex County” however due to the ongoing investigation, Amherstburg police declined to disclose the locations.

“So far, we have recovered a total of 74 plants which have a street value of over $100,000,” said Sr. Const. Shawn McCurdy.

McCurdy said the charges are stemming from the result of a vehicle stop due to suspicious activity by the accused on County Road 20. McCurdy wouldn’t clarify what the suspicious activity was due to the ongoing investigation.

The investigation is a Joint Forces Operation  (JFO) with the   LaSalle Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The 51-year-old went before the court on Friday.

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