A Calvin Twp man and a South Himsworth man face drug-related charges after being busted by police.
Members of Project Gateway, a joint investigation between members of the Ontario Provincial Police and North Bay Police service, assisted by North Bay O.P.P Detachment members and Ontario Provincial Police Canine Unit, executed two CDSA search warrants today. One was for a Mattawa-area residence and the other at a Trout Creek residence.
Both revealed commercial growing operations. The Mattawa residence had approximately 260 plants indoors and was in full operation with the plants in various stages of growth. This residence had the hydro diverted in order to supply hydro to the grow without being metered. A 45-calibre handgun legally registered to the occupant was also seized. Video surveillance was also being done on the outside of this residence.
The Trout Creek residence was not in full operation. Approximately 30 plants indoors and 75 plants outdoors were seized. The garage at this residence housed a sophisticated grow house powered by a generator with approximately 30 high intensity lights, capable of producing several hundred marijuana plants if in operation.
Five long guns, an ATV, and a generator were also seized from the Trout Creek address. Both entries were made without incident. The accused are known to one another and were both arrested at the Mattawa residence.
The drugs seized are valued at approximately $360,000.
The investigation is ongoing.
Lewis Illan, 30, of 7176 Highway 17 Calvin Twp.
faces charges of producing and possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and theft of hydro over $5,000.
He was released on his own recognizance, with a first appearance Aug. 11 in Mattawa court.
Glen Thompson, 36, of 669 Hummel Line, South Himsworth Twp.
has been charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
He was also released on his own recognizance and will make his first court appearance Aug. 17 in North Bay.