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Drug bust results in seizure of $104,000 in drugs, cash

An Oshawa man is facing multiple charges after a street-level drug investigation resulted in the discovery of a small marijuana grow-op and over $104,000 in drugs and cash.

On Aug. 10, the Central West Division Target Team arrested a 49-year-old Oshawa male suspected of selling drugs to various customers. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of two small Ziploc bags of marijuana and a flip-style knife.

A search warrant was executed at his residence the following day and officers discovered an indoor marijuana grow operation involving 58 plants in various stages of growth. Officers also located more than 2,700 grams of dried marijuana and quantities of hashish, shatter, cocaine, crystal meth and psilocybin spores.

More than $2,200 in cash, weight scales, a second flip-style knife and drug paraphernalia were also seized. The combined value of the cash and drugs was approximately $104,182.

The 49-year-old male of Western Crescent in Oshawa is charged with four counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking; two counts of production of a controlled substance; two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon; possession of proceeds obtained by crime; and possession of property obtained by crime. He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about his investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Payne of the Central West Division Target Team at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1860.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.