May 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM
VERNON - A marijuana grow-op take down and a stolen property investigation are among several unknown RCMP cases revealed in a report by the Vernon detachment to city council.
The report, presented to mayor and council four times per year by Superintendent Jim McNamara, outlines significant investigations and incidents between January and March of 2016, as well as general trends and crime rates.
Some of the incidents in the synopsis have already been publicized, like the arrest of an armed robbery suspect, and an investigation into a bizarre assault involving a BMW.
Others we haven’t heard anything about, such as an investigation Feb. 18, 2016 into a theft of hydro on Yankee Flats Road in Falkland. Members of the detachment’s rural unit obtained a search warrant and located an illegal grow-op. Roughly 850 plants were seized.
Another file involved an assault with a weapon in which the suspect fled the scene, but was caught and arrested by police. He was allegedly in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine. Criminal charges are pending.
Along with members from the Clandestine Lab Team, officers executed a search warrant at an apartment complex resulting in the seizure of unknown chemical solutions believed to be associated with a drug lab.
Police also investigated an individual already facing charges for drug trafficking. The individual was found breaching his curfew and cell phone conditions, and was in possession of cocaine and heroin. A search of his phone also provided evidence to support a charge of possession of child pornography.
Stolen property being advertised for sale online also caught the attention of the Vernon RCMP this quarter. In one specific case, police conducted surveillance when the original owner made arrangements to meet with the seller and arrested the person for possession of stolen property.
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