The Canadian Broadcasting corp report…

Cannabis farms, growing weed over licensed limits, may be linked to organized crime, police say

Eight people have been charged with marijuana trafficking north of Toronto after local residents complained to police about cannabis farms where more pot was allegedly grown than legally allowed, York Regional Police say.

All eight have been charged with producing and possessing marijuana for trafficking purposes.

Two are women from Toronto, both 50, while two are men from Quebec, a 43-year-old from Laval, and a 36-year-old from Montreal. Of the remaining four people, two are from King Township, one is from Bradford and another is from Markham.

Police said they found more than 400 marijuana plants were being grown illegally, over licensed limits, on two properties in King Township, in early September. The properties are in the area of Woodchopper Lane and Dufferin Street, east of Highway 400.

The 400 plants, or excess cannabis, have a value of nearly $400,000 and were seized, said Const. Andy Pattenden, spokesperson for York Regional Police.

He said the investigation was prompted by complaints from residents who live in the rural area.