Tottenham falconer 'not guilty' in 2012 grow-op bust
A jury in Barrie delivered a not guilty verdict Oct. 17th against
Wilfred Emonts of Tottenham, who in July 2012 was charged by
Nottawasaga OPP who seized nearly 1,000 marijuana plants valued at
approximately $475,000 from his 2nd Line residence in New Tecumseth.
Mr. Emonts represented himself in the trial heard by Ontario Superior
Court Justice Guy Di Tomaso. (Editor's Note: Free Press Online
did not attend the hearing).
Prior to the charges, Mr. Emonts was a breeder and trainer of falcons,
whose birds of prey were also used to control wildlife from Toronto's
Pearson International Airport. In the 1990s, he turned his 2nd Line
property into the Falconry Centre "a medieval courtyard which houses
over 200 falcons, hawks, eagles, owls, and vultures.... designed and
built for the breeding and research of raptors, while allowing visitors
the closest possible viewing..." It closed to visitors in 2010.
Mr. Emonts told Free Press Online he was "glad part of his ordeal is
over. ...... My birds were given to other people, but who I do not
know. Court records are sealed."
At this post, he did not provide any further details.