Hamilton Police bust $1 million grow-op on West Lincoln farm

A 64-year-old man of Smithville is arrested on marijuana cultivation and trafficking charges.

Hamilton police arrested a 64-year-old man Thursday after finding a marijuana grow-op they estimate to be worth more than a million dollars.

The Vice and Drugs unit searched a farm on Twenty Road near Allen Road in West Lincoln.

Officers found a grow operation in a barn, seizing 1,259 plants at various stages of growth and 71 grams of processed marijuana, said Hamilton police spokesperson Terri-Lynn Collings.

Police estimate the value of the seized marijuana to be about $1,250,000.

No one was at the property at the time of the search.

Officers later found the owner of the West Lincoln property at a home in east Hamilton. Collings said the man lived on the farm property and that police were uncertain about his connection to the property in Hamilton.

The 64-year-old man from Smithville was charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking. He is expected to appear in bail court Friday.


Julia Chapman is a radio and television producer for CBC Toronto. With CBC since 2010, she was one of the first reporters to work out of CBC Hamilton. Julia is proud alumni of both Ryerson University and the University of Guelph. When she's not in the newsroom, Julia loves to travel and explore big cities around the globe and try out new recipes in her kitchen. Most of all, she loves exploring her hometown, Toronto, and enjoying what every pocket of the city has to offer.