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Police Seize 5,000 Marijuana Plants


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A commercial marijuana grow operation busted by police Wednesday was capable of supplying every man, woman and school age child in Williams Lake with 140 joints each, says Williams Lake RCMP Corp. Marc Menard.

The grow operation - the largest in the area in recent years - was in a residence on Cedar Creek Road in Likely. RCMP executed a search warrant at the residence at about 5 p.m. on Nov. 22.

In total the RCMP seized 5,566 plants, which would have yielded about 2,800,000 marijuana joints, Menard says. It took investigators several hours to completely dismantle the operation.

RCMP declined to comment on the dollar value of the seizure. But based on an estimate given in a bust in October, the value of the Likely bust would be more than $4 million.

This was a commercial, large-scale marijuana grow operation, Menard says.

“The sophisticated and large scale nature of this marijuana grow operation showcases the determination and the length to which people will go to maximize illegal monetary gain,” Menard says.

RCMP arrested a 36-year-old Surrey resident and a 40-year-old man also from Surrey at the scene, and later released them on a promise to appear in Williams Lake Provincial Court on Jan. 31.

The last bust reported by the RCMP was on Oct. 3 this year. Approximately 1,200 marijuana plants with a street value more than $1 million were destroyed in that seizure. This grow operation was located on Crown Land off of Horsefly Road east of Bells Lake Road.

Marijuana with an estimated street value of $75,000 was seized during a routine road check in the Williams Lake area on Sept. 7 this year.

A routine stop for a traffic violation by police led to the discovery of a $52,000 marijuana grow operation in the Anahim Lake area on Aug. 23, 2005.

Members of the Williams Lake RCMP Detachment General Investigative Section, Crime Target Team, Forensic Identification Specialists, Cariboo Chilcotin Traffic Services and Prince George (North District) RCMP Regional General Investigative Section executed the search warrant at the Likely residence.

The Williams Lake RCMP Detachment remains committed to reducing organized criminal activity and proving the communities they serve with a safer environment to live in, Menard says.

“We encourage the general public to continue calling the RCMP whenever they need our services or they observe criminal activity,” he says.


Newshawk: User - 420 Magazine
Source: Williams Lake Tribune
Pubdate: 28 November 2006
Author: Karen Longwell
Copyright: 2006 Williams Lake Tribune
Contact: Williams Lake Tribune
Website: Williams Lake Tribune
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:cough: That sucks! Why don't governments just place a tax on the damn plant and leave everyone the fu*k alone!!!!
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