The Peterborough Examiner
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Friday, August 8, 2008
Nearly $1 million in marijuana seized
Posted By Examiner Staff
Almost $1 million in marijuana plants were seized from a home on County Road 46 in Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township Thursday, Peterborough County OPP said Friday.
A large, sophisticated grow operation was find throughout the house, police said, with marijuana growing in the basement and a two-door garage.
Hydroponic lights, fans and chemicals were also found in the basement, police said, and a hydro bypass was found in the furnace room.
Police said the upstairs of the home had two rooms set up to grow pot, but no plants were found in those rooms.
“The whole house was being used to grow marijuana, and that’s why the house was bought,” Det.-Const. Ernie Garbutt said.
In all, 917 plants were seized from the home, with an estimated value of $917,000.
Garbutt said all the hydroponic lights at the home were on when officers entered the home.
“The house was extremely hot,” Garbutt said. “We had to keep going outside to cool off,” adding that that situation can be an extreme fire hazard.
A woman was located and charged inside the house, police said.
Thi Xuan Thu Le, 30, of Toronto, is charged with production of marijuana, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and theft of hydro.
She is to appear in court Sept. 11.
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