Nova Scotia

Licensed grower charged in pot bust

A 60-year-old man was charged Thursday with production of cannabis marijuana. Police found close to 300 marijuana plants at a private residence in Cheverie, Hants County.

A 60-year-old Hants County man was charged Thursday with production of cannabis marijuana after police found close to 300 plants at a private residence with a large garage in Cheverie.

Mounties say the man had a license to grow medical marijuana, but was producing more than required for personal use.

"We had some information that a licensed grower was producing amounts of cannabis marijuana in excess of what he was licensed for by Health Canada and we launched an investigation into his criminal activity," said Const. Jonathan Saxby of the Windsor District Street Crime Enforcement Unit of the RCMP.

RCMP executed a search warrant with the assistance of Windsor Rural Detachment and Windsor District General Investigation Section.

"We executed a search warrant two days ago and on that date we found and seized substantial amounts of grow equipment … and 38 pounds of cannabis marijuana," Saxby said.

Policy also found chemicals and equipment commonly used in the production of cannabis oil.

The suspect has been charged and released on a Promise to Appear in Windsor Provincial Court on Dec. 13.

"We'll be laying additional charges that haven't been named yet as the investigation continues," Saxby said.