SCUGOG: A Port Perry couple has been charged with two drug related offenses after a Marijuana grow operation caught fire on Tuesday, April 5.
At around 2:30 p.m., Scugog firefighters were called to a residence at 256 Rosa St. when a shed in the back yard caught fire.
Deputy Fire Chief Rob Gonnermann told The Standard that when firefighters arrived on the scene, there was “a lot of smoke and not a lot of visible flame.”
He also added that it took firefighters about half an hour to put the fire out.
According to police, over 180 marijuana plants were found inside the shed. North division officers, as well as members of the Drug Enforcement unit investigated and executed a search warrant at the local residence.
50 year-old Ronald Lyons and 48 year-old Stephanie McKenzie both face charges of producing cannabis and producing cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.
According to police, the couple did not have a valid license to grow marijuana. The value of the drugs seized from the scene is estimated to be $180,000.
No cause of the fire has been determined by press time as it is currently being investigated by the Ontario Fire Marshal.
Anyone who has any new information is being asked to call D/Cst. McMaster at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2675.
As always, any anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or on-line at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.