Man charged in Canada's largest grow-op gets 5 years
MARKHAM, Ont. - A Markham, Ont., real estate agent who converted 54 rented homes into Canada's largest-known illegal marijuana grow-op was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison and fined more than $1 million.
Phu Nhi (John) Trac, 46, must serve another five years if he fails to pay the fines within two years, Ontario Superior Court Justice Michael Brown also ruled at the sentencing in Newmarket, Ont.
Trac's lead accomplice, real estate agent Sau San (Jennifer) Wu, fled the city and remains wanted by police.
Charges were dropped against Trac's wife Yvonne Le and brother Phu Nhut (Mike) Trac.
The fines came to $250,000 for income tax evasion, $55,000 for withholding GST payments on real estate commissions, and $760,000 for profiting from crime -- a total of $1.065 million.
Trac had no previous criminal record.
He came to Canada at 16 in 1979 from a refugee camp in Malaysia as one of the "boat people" who fled Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and worked his way through high school and university.