Ex-Crime Stoppers president accused of running illegal pot grow-op
Jon-Paul Fuller. (LinkedIn Photo)
WINDSOR, Ont. — If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em?
A former president of an Ontario Crime Stoppers branch is accused of running a large-scale illegal marijuana grow-op.
Jon-Paul Fuller, 44, is one of two people charged after officers raided a property in Leamington, Ont.
Once the shocking charges were announced Fuller was booted from the Windsor & Essex County Crime Stopper board. He had been president of the anti-crime crusading group since June.
The Ontario Provincial Police did not say how much marijuana was seized.
Charlie Hotham, past president of Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers, told Postmedia the organization’s board of directors held an emergency meeting Thursday afternoon to terminate Fuller’s involvement.
“We moved very quickly, very swiftly ... He is no longer associated with the Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers program,” Hotham said.
Crime Stoppers has bylaws that allow for a member’s immediate removal if there is a violation of the organization’s rules, he said.
“The most important thing for our program — an award-winning program — is integrity.”
Also charged is Doc Van Phan, 53, also of Leamington.
Fuller and Phan face charges of producing marijuana and possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
“It was disheartening,” Hotham admitted. “We have worked so hard to have a good and effective program. Our program speaks for itself — and to have something like this happen with one of our directors was so disheartening. It was extremely difficult for our board to accept.”
Fuller had also recently been president and CEO of Aphria — a licensed medical marijuana production company based in Leamington — from February 2013 to May 2014.
More recently, Fuller’s page identifies him as the president of “CAFR Corp” since July 2015. The company is described as “Assisting MMPR patients” — a reference to Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations.
Fuller could not be reached for comment.