Officers discover drugs, handgun

Marijuana grow operation found after mounties arrive at Vernon home to check on possible break-in.

  • Dec. 2, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Vernon RCMP were originally at a Mission Hill home at around 10 p.m. Monday to check on an insecure residence, fearing there may have been a break-in.

As they entered the home in the 4700 block of Valleyview Place through an open door, police ended up discovering a marijuana grow operation in the house’s basement.

“Our officers obtained a search warrant to search the place under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Under the search warrant police located a handgun, ammunition, a large quantity of cocaine and a substance believed to be MDMA, or ecstasy, as well as a large amount of Canadian cash.

All of the items were seized by police.

The search also discovered an electrical and water bypass.

Nobody was found inside the house at the time.

The residence was posted under the municipal drug bylaw.

Police have not made any arrests in connection with the grow-op, but continue with this investigation.

“This is another example of a grow operation in the middle of a neighborhood,” said Molendyk. “The RCMP would like to remind the public if you see suspicious activity or suspect a possible grow operation in your neighborhood to contact us.