Police find alligator during drug bust
TPS and OPP seize more than $500,000 worth of pot, magic mushrooms
The last thing police expect to deal with in Timmins in the middle of January is a alligator.
But that's was one of the discoveries officers with Timmins Police Service made yesterday when busting up a marijuana grow op.
Officers with the TPS drug enforcement section, along with officers from the organized crime enforcement bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police, executed a search warrant at a residence on Frederick House Lake Dr. in Connaught.
Police seized 430 pot plants in various stages of growth, 60 jars of psilocybin — commonly known as magic mushrooms — also in the growing phase, 1,900 grams f marijuana and 198 grams of psilocybin.
Police also discovered a six-foot long alligator in the home.
The Ontario Humane Society was contacted by police and is investigating the legality of the alligator living at the residence.
Police estimate the potential street value of the drugs seized at $501,960.
Ronald Gary Orton, 42, of Connaught was charged with two counts of production of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
Orton was released on a Promise to Appear returnable in March 2010 at the Ontario Court of Justice in the 101 Mall.
Posted By The Daily Press
January 18 2009