Two B.C. grow-ops busted by RCMP
Jenna Owsianik , ctvbc.ca
Published Thursday, May 20, 2010 6:51PM PDT
The B.C. RCMP has its hands full as they discovered two marijuana grow operations this week.
Policed seized 4,300 marijuana plants and more than 60 pounds of dried plants inside a building on the Squilax Anglemont Highway in Anglemont, B.C. on Tuesday.
Two stolen B.C. Hydro power transformers were found on the property along with other types of commercial-grade growing equipment. Police believe the operation ran on stolen power because they found a hydro electric bypass.
The police entered the property with a search warrant. Five adults and one youth were arrested at the scene. They are in custody and will be facing several charges, police say.
In Mission, B.C. RCMP discovered approximately 300 nearly mature marijuana plants aboard a houseboat located on the Fraser River on Wednesday. They believe the operation was intended to expand into other rooms on the boat.
The hosing from the draining of the boat didn't lead to a containment area, Cpl. Raina Siou of the Mission RCMP told ctvbc.ca. RCMP suspect that pollutants from the houseboat grow operation were being dumped into the Fraser River.
No one was found on the boat when officers entered the premises with a search warrant.
Siou said the investigation is ongoing and could not name any suspects. A sealing order placed on the search warrant also prohibited her from explaining why RCMP believed they had reason to search the houseboat.