Twelve Hamilton residents, including several members of the Gravelle family, have been arrested for what RCMP is calling a "flagrant abuse" of Canada's medical marijuana regulations.
Police allege that they were behind a scheme to disguise a profitable marijuana grow-op as a legitimate medical marijuana operation.
Authorities add that licences for medical marijuana production were obtained fraudulently under Health Canada's Medical Marijuana Access Regulations. They allege that the distribution network extended as far east as Newfoundland.
The accused face nine charges each, including participation in a criminal organization, possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance and trafficking a controlled substance.
They include four members of the Gravelle family and their lawyer.