Yet another grow-op has been uncovered in Nova Scotia and it's in the heart of the justice system.

Appeal Court Justice Jamie Saunders is the mastermind behind the operation and is running it, literally, right under the noses of law enforcement.

Justice officials and police are once again growing moustaches to raise money and awareness for a couple of good causes. He estimates the street value of the crop at more than $100,000.

"I had the full goatee last year and I'm not sure if that really fulfilled all of the rules and requirements," said Saunders. "So maybe this year I'll have to experiment with a Hulk Hogan or a biker look. We'll see how it goes."

Halifax's top cops will also be sprouting the extra lip hair but the new police chief admits his may come up a little short.

"I guarantee it won't be the bushiest mustache of the month," said Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais. "It may be the cheesiest, but it won't be the bushiest."


Judges, lawyers and police officials all got close shaves. (CBC)

The clean shave-off on Wednesday was all in fun, but everyone said the cause is as serious as it gets. The money they raise goes to research and the publicity helps with awareness campaigns for prostate cancer and male mental health.

The judges can't participate in the fundraising contest, so the new trophy may go home with a lawyer.

"People know judges can't solicit for any funds and everybody knows the ground rules going in," said Saunders.

"It was strictly the judges donating money on their own or their friends and family finding out about it and going online and making a donation."