May 20, 2014 - 11:56 AM
PENTICTON — A Princeton man will serve a conditional jail sentence for a 'highly-sophisticated' marijuana grow operation he ran on his property for three years.
James Bond, 48, pleaded guilty to charges of producing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.In Penticton Provincial court today, Judge Meg Shaw ordered Bond to serve an 18-month conditional jail sentence, six months of which will be house arrest.
The family has agreed to forfeit their home and any equipment used for marijuana production.
Shaw said having Bond serve his sentence in the community would not be a danger to the community. Bond will, however have to follow certain sentence regulations, including curfew, no drugs or alcohol or possession of firearms.
Shaw said Bond’s operation could generate up to $1.4 million a year.
He had “a highly sophisticated commercial operation,” she said.
Bond was arrested and charged in May 2011 and was released on bail conditions, which he abided by. He maintained full-time employment and ran a construction company on the side.
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