Project “Power Plant” Nabs Marijuana Growers in Ottawa – 20 Charged – August 15, 2013

weedCFN – 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.


Charged are:

  • 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

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9 Responses to "Project “Power Plant” Nabs Marijuana Growers in Ottawa – 20 Charged – August 15, 2013"

  1. kevin   August 15, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    by the looks of the names maybe they should of called it Project Oriental Express .Wonder how many of these people were on Social Services

  2. mariah   August 15, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    This is the type of crime that could be eliminated by improvement to the marihuana laws allowing people to grow their own & laws applied same as for alcohol

  3. Deb   August 15, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    lmao, glad they doing it… also laughing about the “joint police operation”…

  4. Colleen   August 15, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    By the names on the list, this is the type of crime that could be eliminated by improvement to our Immigration!

  5. Amanda   August 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Blah, blah, blah, immigration this and that – time for the government to resume control over crimes and bring harsher punishments – and do away with the young offenders act!! Kids grow up with a sense of being untouchable and more powerful than adults – this in turn, turns innocent children into criminals who believe the consequence is nothing more than a slap on the hand.

  6. shyyyyyyyy   August 15, 2013 at 10:07 PM


  7. jules   August 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    The vast majority of these names are Vietnamese and most likely live in the Chinatown part of Ottawa (that is the vast majority of them). I agree that immigration is a huge problem and that these people including Chinese and even Middle Easterners are at fault. In my husband’s Lebanon if you are caught over there with any kind of drug even something as small as marijuana you are thrown in a prison cell with 20 or more people and beaten.

    Many Middle Easterners have made a great deal of money in the drug business in past years and they sold them to the stupid Europeans and North Americans. What kind of a world would we have if everyone is drunk on drugs. The way people are they are like zombies whether in a store or anywhere else -they have no thinking ability. Booze is bad enough and how many families are broken with booze let alone drugs. I am not at all in favor of legalizing any of this garbage.

  8. jules   August 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    I am one for getting rid of the “young offenders act” and making the laws very tough. I have always believed like the way I do and I guess in my old age of 62 I became even tougher on my stand. I am completely against drugs and all drugs whether legal or street drugs (illegal) are harmful. A lot of people will say to me that marijuana is not lethal – no not lethal but harmful. All drugs are harmful.

  9. Furtz   August 17, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Yes Jules. The tough on crime (drugs) policy in The States sure has worked well, hasn’t it?

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