RCMP bust grow ops

Kamloops City RCMP have uncovered two marijuana grow operations that resulted in the seizure of a substantial amount of marijuana, other drugs, firearms, cash and the removal of young children from one of the homes.

On March 4, 2010, a Kamloops RCMP general duty member, assisted by the Kamloops Drug Section and Kamloops Action Response Team executed a search warrant at a residence in the 100 block of Yew Street.

Police located a makeshift stairway leading to a dirt basement where 326 marijuana plants were growing with an estimated street value of $100,000. Eight snowboards and a replica 9mm BB gun were also seized. This investigation is ongoing and police are confident they will have at least one arrest in the near future.

In the evening of March 4, an undercover officer purchased 30 tablets of ecstasy from a 31 year old Kamloops man. The suspect was arrested and is believed to be a supplier of ecstasy to 435 Cherry Avenue, where several search warrants have been executed in recent weeks resulting in a number of drug arrests.

Drug section members then obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of Hollyburn Drive, where a suspected marijuana grow operation was in progress. Inside the residence police discovered ecstasy tablets, cocaine, 50 marijuana plants and nearly a kilogram of bulk marijuana along with scales, bags and other paraphenalia used for selling drugs. Police are recommending charges including three counts of Posession for the Purpose of Trafficking a Controlled Substance, two counts of Trafficking Cocaine, one count of Trafficking Ecstasy and one count of Production of Marijuana.

As proceeds of crime, $300 cash, a 2006 Ford F250 truck, a shotgun, a 22 calibre rifle and a high powered rifle were seized. In addition, three children under the age of seven were removed from the home and the Ministry of Children and Families was notified.

Kamloops RCMP Media Relations Officer Const. Pat Nagy said further drug busts can be expected. “If you are growing marijuana or selling drugs in Kamloops we will spare no effort to find you, charge you and put you in jail,” said Const. Nagy.

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