Mar 5, 2013 / 9:23 am
Four men are facing drug trafficking charges after RCMP officers busted a marijuana grow-op near 100 Mile House.
On March 2, members from the North District Integrated Marijuana Enforcement Task Force (NDIME) and the 100 Mile House detachment executed a search warrant on Coglan Road near Roe Lake, situated roughly 50 kilometres southeast of the town.
They found over 1000 marijuana plants and seized approximately 22 kilograms (50 pounds) of dried bud packaged for sale along with various growing equipment.
“The estimated street value of this drug seizure was over $1.15 Million dollars,” says Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.
“The plants from the outbuilding had recently been harvested and the bud was packaged and ready to be transported. These bags will now be transported by the RCMP, then destroyed.”
Officers also found a makeshift electrical room with chemicals, industrial cables and ballasts. Nearby were two 45-gallon barrels with water and nutrients for the plants.
“This was an extremely dangerous setup as the use of enormous amounts of electricity near an open water source can result in electrocution or a potential fire,” added Cst. Smith.
Three of the men arrested are from the Lower Mainland of BC and the fourth male is from Poland. They all face charges of production of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
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