Prince George grow op busted days before Christmas, nets over 1,000 marijuana plants

| December 27, 2012 | 0 Comments
Significant Prince George grow op worth $1.5 million busted by RCMP. Photo: RCMP.

Significant Prince George grow op worth $1.5 million busted by RCMP. Photo: RCMP.

Prince George grow op leads to trio of arrests, $1.5 million worth of plants

It was a green Christmas for the Prince George RCMP and surrounding departments.

Police arrested three men and seized a large amount of marijuana in a pre-Christmas raid.

A search warrant by members of the North District Integrated Marihuana Enforcement Task Force (NDIME) netted a seizure of 1,569 plants in various stages of growth along with the usual growing and electrical equipment as well as paraphernalia at a residential property in Prince George.

The estimated street value of this seizure was approximately $1.5 million,” said RCMP Cst. Lesley Smith.

 

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Smith also noted the dangerous nature of the operation.

“A hydro bypass was used to steal the electricity needed for this significant marijuana grow operation. The bypass was extremely dangerous as live wires were seen protruding from the wall of the garage.”

Police received their initial tip about electrical theft which lead to the discover of the grow op.

Police also seized a vehicle in the bust.

The three unnamed men face charges of theft of telecommunications and controlled substance possession and trafficking charges. The trio will appear in court in April.

The investigation is part of the RCMP’s national strategy to combat marijuana grow operations and the organized crime groups running them.

 

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