Kamloops City – Kamloops RCMP Bust Grow Ops

Kamloops City – Kamloops RCMP Bust Grow Ops


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 Saturday March 6, 2010
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Kamloops City RCMP have uncovered two marijuana grow operations that
resulted in the seizure of a substantial amount of marihuana, other
drugs, firearms, cash and the removal of young children from one of the
homes.
On March 4, 2010, a Kamloops RCMP general duty member,
assisted by the Kamloops Drug Section and Kamloops Action Response Team
executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Yew Street.
Police
located a makeshift stairway leading to a dirt basement where 326
marijuana plants were growing with an estimated street value of
$100,000. Eight snowboards and a replica 9mm BB gun were also seized.
This investigation is ongoing and police are confident they will have at
least one arrest in the near future.
In the evening of March 4,
an undercover officer purchased 30 tablets of ecstasy from a 31 year old
Kamloops man. The suspect was arrested and is believed to be a supplier
of ecstasy to 435 Cherry Avenue, where several search warrants have
been executed in recent weeks resulting in a number of drug arrests.
Drug
section members then obtained a search warrant for a residence in the
200 block of Hollyburn Drive, where a suspected marijuana grow operation
was in progress. Inside the residence police discovered ecstasy
tablets, cocaine, 50 marijuana plants and nearly a kilogram of bulk
marijuana along with scales, bags and other paraphenalia used for
selling drugs. Police are recommending charges including three counts of
Posession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, two
counts of Trafficking Cocaine, one count of Trafficking Ecstasy and one
count of Production of Marijuana.
As proceeds of crime, $300 cash,
a 2006 Ford F250 truck, a shotgun, a 22 calibre rifle and a high
powered rifle were seized. In addition, three children under the age of
seven were removed from the home and the Ministry of Children and
Families was notified.
Kamloops RCMP Media Relations Officer
Const. Pat Nagy said further drug busts can be expected. "If you are
growing marijuana or selling drugs in Kamloops we will spare no effort
to find you, charge you and put you in jail," said Const. Nagy.