Brokerage Owner Helps Police Bust Own Agent Over Sales
Gerry Weir, owner of Sutton Group Preferred Realty in London, Canada, helped police in a two-year investigation against one of his real estate agents for selling several homes that were later seized by police as marijuana growing operations. The investigation resulted in several drug-related arrests by police.
Weir says he became suspicious in October 2010 after he noticed that three of the four homes recently added to the city’s Marijuana Grow-Op Registry were sold by one of his independent contractors.
“I immediately contacted [police] after concluding that one of my independent contractors had sold homes that were subsequently seized by police as marijuana grow operations,” Weir says. “I offered my full cooperation and agreed to provide any information useful to the investigation.”
The real estate agent reportedly arranged for the purchase of the homes for the purpose of growing marijuana, according to police. The agent was the selling agent on at least eight marijana-growing homes, with the estimated street value of the marijuana seized from the homes at more than $7 million, according to police.
Weir fired the agent in April after police had completed their investigation. Weir says that any funds from the agent’s sales have been donated to Neighbourhood Watch London and Crime Stoppers London.