Major pot bust in abandoned Ont. brewery
CTV.ca News Staff
More than 100 police officers converged on the site of a former Molson brewery Saturday, exposing what they say was the largest marijuana grow operation in Ontario history.
Ten people were arrested and officers hunted for others possibly hiding in the three-storey building.
"The building is very elaborate," said Ontario Provincial Police Supt. Bill Crate told The Canadian Press. "There's concerns about booby traps, there's concerns about hydro and the way that its set up."
Thousands and thousands of marijuana plants, being cultivated with sophisticated watering and chemical grow devices, were believed to be on the site -- an 121,100-square foot building located in an industrial area.
"You drive by this brewery on the 400 highway," said Crate.
"I find it quite interesting that something is occurring like this under everybody's nose."
Crate said the police had never seen a grow operation of this magnitude.
The 10 people arrested did not put up any resistance, said Crate, and charges will be laid in the next few days.
Molson closed the brewery -- a landmark for motorists on Highway 400 -- in August of 2000, laying off 400 people.
A Molson spokesman said Saturday that the brewery had sat idle since it was sold.