November 20, 2012
Grow-op in historic downtown factory
By Pete Fisher, QMI Agency
PORT HOPE, Ont. - A neighbour said she thought it was suspicious when security cameras were recently installed on an old, nearly abandoned file factory near Port Hope’s downtown core.
But Sabrina Wakely never expected what police said they found Monday - a secret sophisticated marijuana grow operation.
A 24-year-old Toronto man was arrested after police said they discovered about $150,000 worth of growing equipment housed inside several rooms of the factory, originally built in 1853.
Police said it appeared to be a work in progress as other rooms were in the process of being hooked up.
City Counc. Jeff Lees was helping hang Christmas wreathes downtown when word started circulating Tuesday about the pot bust.
“We’re shocked that this happened so close to the downtown,” he said. “It’s amazing the criminal mind trying to be ahead of the system.”
“That’s quite the operation they pulled off,” added Wakely.