You ever heard of a place called Schomberg? The first thing you should know is that zebras and kangaroos do not naturally occur there.
It was with great surprise, then, that Ontario police found exactly that during a recent cannabis raid in this tiny town just north of Toronto. Oh yeah, and $150 million worth of illegally-grown marijuana. Plus 7 firearms, 2 crossbows, and a “conducted energy device.”
The haul – 3 kangaroos, 2 zebras, and 1,809 kilos of weed – was one of 15 raids during a three-month investigation called “Project Green Sweep.” Another sweep found bodyguard alligators in a distributor’s basement.
“The illegal production of illicit cannabis is a growing problem in York Region and our citizens regularly call to report these large-scale indoor and outdoor grow operations,” said York Regional Chief of Police Jim MacSween. He laid part of the blame on “an outdated Health Canada medical licensing system.”
He made no further comments regarding the prevalence of wild animal smuggling. The zebras and kangaroos are now in the hands of animal control.
Project Green Sweep is an initiative by York Regional Police’s aptly named Guns, Gangs and Drug Enforcement Unit. It has yielded 67 charges to date. No future charges are likely to top the absurdity of this story.