It was just before 10 p.m. when officers were contacted by someone reporting the incident at a property with a licensed pot grow-op on Highway 3 between Schafer Side Road and Highway 59.
4 men arrested following armed robbery at licensed medical marijuana grow-op
According to police, suspects armed with handguns got into the home, restrained those inside, and assaulted them. The occupants suffered minor injuries as a result of the assault.
An unspecified amount of marijuana was removed from the property and put in a vehicle parked in the driveway, police said.
Police worked with the K9 unit as well as the aviation and emergency response teams and were able to locate four suspects and arrest them without incident.
Highway 3 between Schafer Side Road and Highway 59 was closed for about eight hours as officers searched for the outstanding suspects, but has since reopened.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has been notified by the OPP about the incident. The unit has since invoked their mandate and will take over the investigation.
Known as the province’s police watchdog, the SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.
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Four men were taken into custody, police say, after an armed robbery at a licensed medical marijuana growing operation in Norfolk County.
“This would include providing emergency coverage for the county while our ambulances were dedicated to a large-scale incident. For example, Haldimand may move a truck to Jarvis to assist in providing emergency coverage for the east end of our county.
Shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, several suspects armed with handguns went to a residence in Norfolk County, Ontario Provincial Police said.
The occupants of the home were restrained and also suffered minor injuries as a result of being assaulted. The suspects also removed a quantity of marijuana from the property and placed it into a vehicle that was parked in the driveway, OPP said.
Sanchuk added, however, that the large debris field was troubling. Thursday’s crash is a good illustration, Sanchuk said, of why it’s never a good idea to have unsecured items in the back seat of a car or in the box of a truck.
Police were contacted and, as officers arrived at the address, several suspects fled on foot. The occupants of a black-coloured vehicle also fled from the scene at a high rate of speed.
The chain-reaction crash occurred at the intersection of Norfolk Road 19 East around 7 a.m. A man extricated from a pickup truck was transported unconscious to the helipad in Simcoe. From there, he was airlifted to hospital in Hamilton.
OPP dogs, along with the tactics and rescue unit, found the four men and took them into custody without incident. Charges are pending, OPP said.
Insp. Lisa Anderson, former interim chief of the Norfolk OPP and an expert on traffic enforcement, told the PSB on several occasions this year that this stretch of Highway 24 was the most dangerous in Norfolk for high-speed collisions.
Highway 3 between Schafer Side Road and Highway 59 was closed for about eight hours as officers searched for other suspects.
The Norfolk County OPP Crime Unit is investigating and is also seeking the public's assistance. They say anyone with information regarding this incident should call 1-888-310-1122.
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