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Grow-op raided by police same location as Vernon shooting

Police at a property on Scott Road July 20, 2016 after a search warrant was executed at a grow-op.
July 20, 2016 - 4:48 PM

VERNON - The location of this morning’s police raid at a licensed grow-op in Vernon is the same property where a shooting incident took place last month.

Police are confirming a June shooting on Scott Road occurred at a home located on the same property where an outbuilding was targeted by police today, July 20.

“Investigators are aware of the incident that happened at that same property earlier this year involving the shooting,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says.

However, he says the incidents are being treated as two separate investigations and won’t comment on any further connections.

“We’re still investigating the matter with respect to the shooting and the motive and the outright connection to the property and individuals residing in the residence,” Moskaluk says.

An adult and child were reportedly inside the home when it was struck by bullets around 11:30 p.m. June 26

The outbuilding in the 6500 block of Scott Road was raided at 6:45 a.m. today, shortly after police executed a search warrant at a commercial building in the 2400 block of 14 Avenue. Police say there were licensed grow-ops at both locations, however they allege the operators were illegally trafficking the product and believe they may have links to organized crime.

Moskaluk says the two locations where police executed search warrants today are related to the same investigation, but won’t go into details.

He couldn’t say how big the grow-ops were or how many plants were seized.

Four people were arrested during today’s coordinated raids and remain in custody.

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