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Family grow op busted

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Cultivating family ties took on a whole new meaning when a mom, dad and
their 16-year-old daughter were all busted for their alleged involvement in
a marijuana grow operation.

"We're seeing more mom and pop-type grow operations here," said Lethbridge
Police Service Staff Sgt. Jim Carriere.

"That's no surprise because the profits are high and the risk is low -- we
don't think the penalties from the courts are much of a deterrent."

Police busted the alleged operation Tuesday after receiving a tip from the

They found a three-stage marijuana grow operation consisting of 133 plants
inside the home. In addition to the plants, cops seized four pounds of
harvested marijuana buds and assorted grow equipment.

The estimated street value of the grass is $200,000.

"The migration of these large-scale, high- profit marijuana grow operations
to centres such as Lethbridge is consistent with trends throughout the
province," Carriere said.

Police said the operation was a low-tech affair and the electrical wiring
used was flimsy and put the home at risk of fire.

Police said they were also concerned about health conditions in the home.

"I'm not an expert in health but the amount of mould and mildew was very
disturbing," Carriere said.

A 44-year-old male, a 46-year-old female and a 16-year-old female were
charged with production of a controlled substance and possession of a
controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. None can be named to
protect the identity of the teen.

She will appear in Lethbridge youth court Dec. 17, a day before her parents
have a date with a judge

Pubdate: Thursday, November 20, 2003
Source: Calgary Sun, The (CN AB)
Contact: cal-letters@calgarysun.com
Website: Under Construction fyicalgary.com
Author: Mike D'Amour