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Mounties take down elaborate grow ops in West Kelowna, Lake Country
At least five people could be facing charges in connection with two unrelated marijuana growing operations that were subject to search warrants Wednesday afternoon.
Lake Country RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence and outbuilding on the 12000 block of Oceola Road in Lake Country, with the assistance of Kelowna Police Dog Services Wednesday.
Police located a sophisticated growing operation inside the outbuilding, as well as a hydro bypass—they also seized over 300 g of dried marijuana bud.
No one was home during the search and it appeared the harvest had already been completed.
West Kelowna RCMP also executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence on the 3400 block of McTaggart Road. Acting on a theft of hydro tip, police discovered a hydro bypass and elaborate growing operation.
Approximately 7,400 marijuana plants, in various stages of development, were seized and four men were arrested inside the residence.
A 58-year-old Lake Country man, a 29-year-old Summerland man and three West Kelowna men—25, 28 and 46—all face potential charges of Theft of Electricity, Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Both investigations are ongoing.