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Chilliwack RCMP take down 1,450-plant grow op
A large house on a secluded portion of Chilliwack Mountain was home to a 1,450 plant marijuana grow operation, Chilliwack RCMP say.
The 5,600-square-foot home – located in the 8400 block of Grand View Drive – was used almost exclusively for pot production. “There were very few signs of obvious residential usage,” said Cst. Bryan Martell of the Chilliwack drug section. "It appears that the house was being used solely as a grow op.”
Police discovered the grow-op Feb. 1 while searching for evidence of electrical theft. Power was being rerouted around the BC Hydro meter, RCMP said. Inside the home the located a “large scale” grow operation.
Police seized 1,450 marijuana plants from the residence and a 38 year old Chilliwack man was arrested at the home and released to appear in court at a later date.
"The Chilliwack RCMP Drug Section continues to focus on illegal marijuana grow operations as they pose a significant public safety risk to our community," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "There is often an organized crime connection to grow ops and in keeping with our strategic priorities, we will continue to target these." The Chilliwack RCMP also continue to work diligently with our partners including BC Hydro in order to find and prosecute offences involving stolen electricity.