Four charged in connection to Canada-U.S. pot smuggling scheme

Helicopter allegedly used to fly across the border at low altitudes

An East Gwillimbury man is among the four charged in connection to a cross border pot smuggling operation.

The RCMP say the four were arrested following a 16-month investigation with help from the OPP and U.S. Homeland Security. Six search warrants were executed in the GTA and in Quebec, resulting in the seizure of over 800 plants and dried cannabis, prohibited handguns, and about 400 grams of suspected cocaine.

The Mounties claim the group was growing large amounts of cannabis and using a Jet Ranger helicopter to fly the illegally grown pot across the Canada – U.S. border at low altitudes.

The 40-year-old East Gwillimbury man joins suspects from Vaughan, Burlington, and Woodbridge in facing a number of charges including unlawful cannabis exporting, possession of forged documents, and unlawful cannabis cultivation.