Home located in a rural area near Nelson B.C.
Two young children have been removed from a home where RCMP officers executed a search warrant and found over 5200 marijuana plants in various stages of growth.
The children were removed from the home outside of Nelson B.C., on Friday, March 2. The RCMP Federal Border Integrity Program along with the Central Kootenay Regional Detachment in Nelson executed the search warrant.
While police were searching the home, they found two young children living in the residence. Sergeant Duncan Pound, Federal Media Relations Officer for the RCMP says the children were exposed to all the dangers inherent in a marijuana grow operation. The Ministry of Child and Family Development was called in. They ensured the children were given proper care.
“As police, finding children exposed to the dangers of a marihuana grow-op is particularly disturbing”, says Superintendant Derek Simmonds, Officer in Charge of the Federal Border Integrity Program. ”Anytime children are exposed to, or have access to chemicals, unsafe wiring and drugs there is a very real chance that they could be seriously hurt.”
“Whenever police identify situations where families are being put at risk, such as grow-ops, we work closely together to ensure that any children in the home are safe and protected”, said Mary McNeil, B.C.’s Minister of Children and Family Development. “Our strong partnerships with police forces across the province allow us to respond quickly and ensure resources are in place to protect children exposed to dangerous situations.”
During the search of the home, RCMP officers seized over 5200 pot plants in various stages of growth, dried marijuana and approximately $1,400 in cash. Two men, aged 40 and 44 along with a 42 year-old woman were arrested.
The investigation is ongoing.
Sergeant Pound says “If you have information about a Marihuana Grow Operation in your neighborhood, you can anonymously supply information by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)”.