Since October of this year members of the Niagara Regional Police Services Guns,Gangs, and Grows Unit have been conducting an investigation into the illegal growing of marijuana. The investigation began at a Sherri Avenue, Niagara Falls home and concluded at a Hallcrest Avenue residence.
Police say as a result of this investigation, Police executed three CDSA search warrants. The first search warrant was executed on November 9th at a residence located on Sherri Avenue, Niagara Falls at which time Police located and seized 180 marijuana plants. On November 10th Police executed two more search warrants , both on Hallcrest Avenue, St. Catharines. Police located 344 more plants and 14 pounds of dried processed marijuana ready for sale.
In total, Police seized 524 plants with a potential street value of $524,000.00, and $62,700.00 in dried processed marijuana.
Charged with 3 counts of Unlawful Production of a Controlled Substance, 3 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking and 1 count of Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited weapon is 50-year-old Vincenzo Zeoli of St. Catharines.
Also charged with 1 count of Unlawful Production of a Controlled Substance, 1 count of Possession of a Controlled Substance, and 2 counts of Breach of a Release Order is 46-year-old Stelios Argiris of Mississauga. Both accused men will return to court next month to answer to these charges.
If anyone has any information regarding this investigation or any other investigation regarding the growing of marijuana are encouraged to contact the Niagara Regional Police Service or Crimestoppers.
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