October 14, 2014 - 10:43 AM
KELOWNA - An investigation into an alleged Kelowna grow operation led Mounties to a neighbouring house where a second alleged grow operation was also recently dismantled.
The intitial RCMP investigation on a home in the 1700 block of Kloppenburg Road was launched on a tip according to a media release. On Sept. 26, Mounties executed a search warrant and found 471 marijuana plants growing in the basement. RCMP say the area had been converted for production, but the house was otherwise unoccupied. Investigators then turned their attention to the neighbouring house.
On Oct. 7 officers executed a search warrant on the second house, discovering a 'sophisticated' grow operation with 721 marijuana plants in the basement. These were seized along with a significant amount of money, dried marijuana and paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking. A 32-year-old Summerland woman was arrested at the home. She faces potential charges of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking. She was released and is expected back in court Jan. 26, 2015.
Police say the owner of the first home was an absentee landlord who apparently didn't know the property was being used to allegedly grow marijuana.
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