Sarnia Police say a recent response to a call for assistance from representatives of the Band Council at Aamjiwnaang First Nation has resulted in the arrest of two men and the seizure of marijuana with a street value of $1 million.
The response is said to be a direct result of a Band member being confronted by the individuals arrested, a 56-year-old man from Jarvis, Ont., and a 59-year-old man from London.
The person confronted reported the incident to the Band Council, which decided to ask for help from Sarnia Police.
Members of the Emergency Response Team, along with the assistance of the Vice Unit, went to the wooded lot in the Aamjiwnaang First Nations Community in an attempt to locate the two males, who were said to be carrying machetes.
As the officers conducted their search of the wooded area they came across plots of land in the middle of the bush growing large numbers of marijuana plants. As the search continued, the officers came across the two suspect males who had been living in the wooded area in a make shift hut. Both were taken into custody.
The area was thoroughly searched and officers removed all the marijuana which was in different stages of production, along with the plants that were still growing in the plots.
Approximately 800 plants were seized for destruction along with approximately 80 pounds of marijuana in different stages of production.
Police are asking anyone with further information on the incident to call (519) 344-8861 or Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.