Two grow-ops, same suspect

Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP dismantle two grow-ops linked to same suspect

  • Nov. 18, 2011 2:00 p.m.

Members of the Kelowna and Lake Country RCMP detachments were busy taking down two marijuana grows recently that were found to be linked to the same suspect.

The first occurred Nov. 8 at around 4:30 p.m. in Lake Country. Police executed a drug search warrant on a residence in the 10400 block of Copper Hill Lane.

Upon entry, police discovered the remnants of a recently harvested marijuana crop in the home.

Police, however, did seize 17.5 pounds of processed bud and arrested a 40-year-old man who arrived at the residence while police were on scene.

The man is associated to the home and the growing operation, and will be facing recommended charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and theft of communications (electricity) due to a Hydro bypass located in the residence.

Less than 12 hours later, on Nov. 9 at 2 a.m., Kelowna RCMP executed a drug search warrant at a home in the 1300 block of Bentien Road.

A marijuana growing operation was located in the basement of the residence, and 278 marijuana plants were seized.

The investigation revealed that the 40-year-old man who was arrested the previous day in Lake Country was associated to this growing operation,  and will face a recommended charge of production of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.