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West Kelowna grow-op powers up without paying

Police discovered a grow-op on the 3400 block of McGinnis road illegally consuming electricity.
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May 17, 2013 - 5:16 PM

A West Kelowna residence has been cheating the system by growing marijuana plants with stolen electricity.

Yesterday uniformed officers of the West Kelowna Drug Unit used a search warrant to investigate suspicious activity at a house on the 3400 of McGinnis Road. With enough evidence to obtain a Criminal Code Search Warrant the officers entered the property, unoccupied at the time, and found a hydro bypass. The bypass allowed the residence to consume unregulated amounts of electricity without being billed.

The bypass constitutes theft of energy, but police have not yet laid charges and continue to investigate.

Police are asking anyone with any information to call them at 250-768-2880 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at or text to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Julie Whittet at or call (250)718-0428.

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