About 1,345 pot plants seized in Williams Lake

About 1,345 pot plants seized in Williams Lake

More than 1,000 marijuana plants were found at a grow op in Williams Lake Tuesday.

  • Jul. 19, 2012 7:00 p.m.

More than 1,000 marijuana plants were found at a grow op in Williams Lake Tuesday.

Members from the North District Integrated Marihuana Enforcement Task Force, with the assistance of the North District Regional General Investigation Section and the Williams Lake RCMP, executed a search warrant in relation to theft of electricity which was occurring at a property on Campbell Road.

Upon attendance, police located a marijuana grow operation in two outbuildings on the property that included 1,345 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. They were seized along with growing equipment.

“Police also located a hydro bypass on the property ” says Const. Lesley Smith, North District media relations officer. “The use of enormous amounts of electricity combined with illegal tampering of an electrical system can lead to fires.”

One 40-year-old male was arrested and is facing charges of theft of telecommunications (electricity), production of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. The male, who is from Vancouver Island, was released from custody and will be making his first court appearance in Williams Lake in October of this year.

This investigation is part of the marijuana grow initiative, the RCMP’s national strategy to combat marijuana grow operations and the organized crime groups running them in our communities.

Anyone with information in relation to a marijuana grow operation is asked to contact their local RCMP detachment or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) using keyword “pgtips.”

 

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