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No charges expected after RCMP sniff out Barnhartvale grow-op

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November 19, 2012 - 1:08 PM

A Kamloops couple caught with just under 100 marijuana plants and four firearms Nov. 18, will likely not face charges, RCMP said.

"It wasn't a huge grow-op," said RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned.

Learned said RCMP officers were in the 1400 block of Country Place on an unrelated matter when they smelled a strong vegetative odour about 9 a.m. prompting an investigation.

"They decided to follow their nose," Learned said.

The officers seized about 65 matured marijuana plants, 35 clones and some dried bud from a 51-year-old Kamloops man and his 47-year-old wife.

The couple also relinquished four long guns.

Learned said no complaints were made about the property prior to the bust.

“The couple was not known to police,” he said.

Learned attributed the impromptu nature of the bust as reasoning for the Crown likely not pressing charges.

"Normally that would require a warrant," he said.

Learned said RCMP needed to pinpoint the exact location of the smell in order to obtain a warrant and while doing so found the grow-op.

"In this particular case, they didn't know the residential address the vegetative odour was coming from," he said.

Learned said the amount of plants likely exceeds personal use, and added that their equipment and plants had been seized with no resistance from the couple.

"We don't anticipate any charges."

— Jessica Wallace
jwallace@infotelnews.ca
(250)319-7494

 

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