Three men from Belleville, Ontario, Canada, have been charged following an investigation focusing on the illegal production of marijuana in unsuspecting farmers’ fields. Members of the Belleville Police Service Drug Unit, Emergency Response Team and members of the OPP Drug Enforcement Unit conducted a traffic stop in Thurlow on Tuesday and arrested two men.
Following the traffic stop, police executed three Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants at residences in Belleville and Thurlow.
The investigation and searches revealed the accused had planted marijuana plants throughout fields in the Thurlow ward of Belleville, in Thomasburg and the Melrose area.
As a result of the search warrants and the vehicle stop, police seized a quantity of marijuana plants, cash, digital weigh scales and a Ford F-150 pick-up truck.
Adam Rushlow, 39, has been charged with five counts of production of marijuana, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime.
Jeff Gray, 45, faces three counts of production of marijuana and one count of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. And 34-year-old appropriately named Ian Weed has been charged with two counts of production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
Gray and Weed were released on a promise to appear with a future court date and Rushlow was detained in custody pending a show cause hearing.