Officers shut down Spallumcheen grow-op

Police are investigating the possibility that a huge Spallumcheen marijuana grow-operation may be linked to organized crime.

Officers from the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP executed a search warrant Monday morning in the 5300 block of Deep Creek Road.

The search of the property located nearly 4,000 marijuana plants and assorted growing equipment.

“This operation was being powered by two large diesel generators in a shop that appeared to have been built for the purpose of growing marijuana,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk

“It’s a major bust, no two ways about it. When you’re dealing with this amount of plants in one place, it’s a significant bust. We are looking into whether there’s a link to organized crime.”

This investigation is continuing and a 51-year-old Kelowna man arrested was released on a promise to appear for the production of marijuana.

“The Vernon-North Okanagan detachment, as one of our strategic priorities in crime reduction, will continue to investigate, disrupt, and dismantle grow operations within our region,” said Molendyk.