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MARIJUANA PLANTS SEIZED IN NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.

A police raid Monday at a Robinson Street house yielded about 1,700 marijuana plants, Niagara Regional Police said.

A large hydroponic growing operation at the house was equipped with lights and transformers, among other things, police said. Investigators determined that the tenant of the home bypassed the Hydro meter and was illegally obtaining electrical services.

The marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, had a potential street value of approximately $400,000 (Canadian), police said. The equipment was worth an estimated $5,000.

Also seized by police was a stun gun.

Robert Nolin, 34, was charged with production of a controlled substance, possession of a prohibited weapon, theft and breach of probation. He remains in custody pending a bail hearing.

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