CHESTERMERE – After the alarm blared all afternoon on Saturday and into the morning on Sunday at a Marina Drive townhouse, the Chestermere RCMP were called to check up on the residence.
Members of the Chestermere RCMP entered the home around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, Sept 11, and while inside they discovered the grow operation. A search warrant was requested, granted and executed that afternoon with the assistance of the Green Team South Section.
Located in the basement was a soil-based hydroponic grow with approximately 236 marihuana plants. Staff Sgt. Glenn Henry said that the plants seized were in various states of growth, and were worth a street value of nearly $300,000.
“The residence is believed to be a rental property,” Henry said. “The investigation will continue to confirm the identity of the renter for potential charges of cultivation of marihuana.”
Neighbors confirmed that the residence is that of 192 Marina Drive, and said that the lone male occupant was in fact a renter.
Alberta Health Services will be contacted for follow up to ensure the safety of any occupants in the residence.
This is the fourth marihuana grow op warrant execution in Chestermere in 2011.
“As noted before, it is clear the profits involved in marihuana grow ops remain attractive to criminals,” Henry said. “The continued public support and the enforcement efforts of the Chestermere RCMP members along with the assistance of the Green Team South Section hopefully will act as a deterrent for future marihuana grow ops.”
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Chestermere RCMP at 403-207-8777, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or through the internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
Crime stoppers will pay cash rewards up to $2000.00 for information that leads to an arrest, the recovery of stolen property or seizure of illegal drugs. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and the identity of the caller will remain anonymous.