CFN – The Ottawa Police Service Drug Unit, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Ottawa Fire Services and the Canada Border Services Agency, recently completed a three month drug project dubbed project “Power Plant”.
The drug project specifically targeted marihuana grow operations and marihuana traffickers in the community. Numerous search warrants were executed in Ottawa and surrounding OPP jurisdictions over the course of the Project.
“Project Power Plant proved to be very successful,” noted Staff Sergeant Mike Laviolette, Ottawa Police Drug Unit. “It has significantly disrupted the illicit production of cannabis marihuana in the Ottawa region.”
During the joint police operation, police seized in excess of $6.8 million dollars worth of marihuana, and over $35,635 in currency. A total of 12 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants were executed, eight of which were hydro bypasses increasing the danger of fire thus posing a significant threat to the community.
A total of 20 persons are charged with 79 Criminal Code and drug offences, and 33 charges were laid under the Ontario Fire Code.
Additionally a number of weapons were seized including a 12 gauge shotgun, a crossbow, ammunition and a bullet proof vest.
The following people are charged with various criminal offences including: Production of Marihuana – section 7(1) CDSA; Possession for the purpose schedule II marihuana – section 5(2) CDSA; Proceeds of crime over – section 355(a) CCC; and Theft of electricity – section 326(1)(a) CCC.
- GAUTHIER, Kevin, male, 27 years old, of Ottawa
- TRAN, Ngoc, male, 26 years old, of Ottawa
- TRAN, Toan, male, 35 years old, of Ottawa
- LAVOIE, Eric, male, 41 years old, of Ottawa
- WHELAN, Mary, female, 39 years old, of Ottawa
- NOU, Sim, male, 64 years old, of Ottawa
- NGUYEN, Quan, male, 31 years old, of Ottawa
- ABDOURAHMAN, Sakaria, male, 39 years old, of Ottawa
- HOANG, Phuong Thi, female, 48 years old, of Ottawa
- NGO, Phong, male, 28 years old, of Ottawa
- NGO, Lisa, female, 18 years old, of Ottawa
- NGUYEN, Anh Phuong, male, 50 years old, of Ottawa
- NGUYEN, Thuy Thi, female, 54 years old, of Ottawa
- DINH, Van Huong, male, 43 years old, of Ottawa
- ZHOU, Chi Ran, male, 39 years old, of Ottawa
- LOBAY, Ronald, male, 43 years old, of Ottawa
- HO, Dennis, male, 21 years old, of Ottawa
- NGUYEN, Phuong Hung, male, 52 years old, of Ottawa
- LIU, Hua Quaing, male, 50 years old, of Ottawa
- KOZIARA, Tomasz, male, 35 years old, of Ottawa