Man loses home over drug production

A man arrested in a drug bust off Westside Road in 2012 is going to jail and his property has been forfeited.

On July 17, 2012 RCMP members executed a search warrant for the production of marijuana at a residence in the 9200 block of Winchester Road, off Westside Road.

“Inside the residence officers found 1,005 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, a large marijuana drying stand with more than 600 grams of cannabis marijuana bud laid out to dry, three large Ziploc bags containing marijuana bud and a digital weigh scale,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Officers also located equipment and paraphernalia consistent with marijuana production such as ballasts, non-code conforming electrical panel boards with timers, high-wattage lights and shrouds and fans.

Characteristics observed in the residence consistent with it being a high-value marijuana grow operation were barricaded exterior doors, an exterior security gate and unsecured firearms.

“This was a sophisticated operation,” said Molendyk.

Robert Barclay Yule, 59, entered guilty pleas in Vernon Provincial Court Jan. 16 to possession for the purpose of trafficking, careless storage of a firearm and possession of a firearm without possessing a licence.

Yule was sentenced to nine months in jail along with a lifetime mandatory firearms prohibition, and an order of forfeiture was granted for the property.

“The property goes into civil forfeitures through the province,” said Molendyk. “The property will be sold and the proceeds from the sale are put back into crime prevention or reduction programs.”


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