09/13/2013 14:44 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST

Richmond Hill pot bust unearths $1M worth of weed

Police in Richmond Hill seized at least 600 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over $1 million from a farmer’s cornfield Friday morning in the latest in a series of raids.

York Regional police say this is the 23rd outdoor grow-operation they’ve dismantled over the last three weeks, uncovering about 2,000 plants in total.

The raids have included farms in all five York Region districts — King Township, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Markham, East Gwillimbury and Richmond Hill.

Police say the farmers who rent or own the fields are not involved in the grow-operations and instead are looking at organized crime.

“Today is not about those who feel that our government should revisit laws about simple possession,” Sgt. Clint Whitney told reporters Friday as they searched the property in Richmond Hill. “Today is about large-scale drug trafficking brought on by large scale production.”

No arrests have been made in this latest raid.