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Animal Trainer Charged After Marijuana Growing Operation Found

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
An Abbotsford, B.C. man who claims to have worked in movies with George Lucas and Steven Spielberg has been charged after a marijuana growing operation allegedly was found on his property.

Abbotsford police Const. Ian MacDonald said police found nearly 1,600 marijuana plants in an out building on property belonging to Gerry Therrien, who trains exotic animals for movies.

Therrien, his son Luc Therrien and Houston Roach were all charged with production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and fraudulently consuming electricity or gas.

The property has several out buildings, some of which housed the animals, some where people lived and others that contained three batches of marijuana plants in different stages of growth, MacDonald said.

Gerry Therrien is the owner of Action Animals, and the company's website says it has worked with the likes of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Jerry Zucker, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and Whoopi Goldberg. The website says Therrien has provided bears, tigers, cougars, foxes, baboons and wolves to movies, TV and live theatre.

Film credits listed on Action Animal's website include Along Came a Spider, Snow Dogs, Jungle Book, and Look Who's Talking Now.

The website lists Therrien's son Luc as a stunt performer and actor. An Internet Movie Database search shows a Luc Therrien with credits for stunts in Scary Movie 4 and in Afghan Nights and for special effects for Death Race, WarGames: The Dead Code and 300.

In a 1993 Vancouver Sun interview conducted when Gerry Therrien was working on the movie Max, about a Vancouver family's desperate search for the pristine environment that might help save their young son's life, he was working with a bear named Broud, Crow the Arctic wolf and Drinnan the cougar.

MacDonald said police did not take any special precautions due to the animals when they searched the property, which is in north Abbotsford, toward Mission.

The three men are scheduled to appear in Abbotsford provincial court on May 9.

NewsHawk: Jim Behr: 420 MAGAZINE
Source: canada.com
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