EMSDALE – A 911 pocket dial led to the discovery of nearly $1.8 million in drugs.
According to police, they received a 911 call from a cell phone that turned out to be an accidental pocket dial on Sept. 3 at 12:45 a.m. from a Bay Lake Road residence.
A pocket dial can occur when a poorly stored phone is inadvertently dialled, in this case the accused accidentally dialled the emergency services number from his phone, prompting police to attend to confirm he was not in need of police assistance.
A visit to the residence by police revealed that everyone was okay, however, a large marijuana hydroponic garden was discovered inside the house.
The Drug Enforcement Unit was brought in from North Bay to assist in the seizure of 1,783 marijuana plants and cocaine, a potential street value of $1,784,300.
Three men at the residence were arrested and taken to the Almaguin Highlands detachment.
A 48-year-old Mississauga man, a 36-year-old Etobicoke man and a 50-year-old Toronto man were charged with Production of a Controlled Substance, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Cocaine and Possession of Marihuana under 30 grams, Contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act .
They also face charges of Theft of Electricity and Property Obtained by Crime contrary to the Criminal Code.