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Over $1 Million in marijuana plants seized
Balzac marihuana grow operation. (Photo courtesy: of Green Team South)
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 2:26PM MST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 2:29PM MST
Three people have been charged after police busted two separate marijuana grow operations in Balzac and Calgary.
1,096 pot plants were confiscated in two separate busts with an estimated street value of over $1.3 Million.
An integrated team of police personnel executed a warrant at a home in Butte Valley Bay in Balzac in late November and found 444 marijuana plants and growing equipment.
Another warrant was executed on December 4 at a residence in Panamount Gardens N.W. and police found 652 marijuana plants. Investigators say that the furnace and hot water tank were altered to supply carbon dioxide to the plants.
Both grow ops used electrical bypasses which allowed the occupants to steal an undetermined amount of electricity.
The following Calgary residents are charged as a result of the Balzac investigation:
- Brendon Ho, 40, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, theft of power, and breach of recognizance
- Hoi So, 53, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and theft of power
The following Calgary resident was charged as part of the Panamount Gardens investigation:
- You Tang Huang, 42, is charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance, and theft of power.
The homes have been visited by Alberta Health Services and have been declared unfit for human habitation
“Marijuana grow operations jeopardize the safety of residents in both urban and rural areas,” said CFSEU-Calgary Acting Staff Sergeant Sid Procee. “This is a reminder that the Green Team works in communities large and small, and we urge residents to continue reporting suspicious activity so we can reduce the potential for harm.”
To report suspicious activity or a suspected marijuana grow operation in your community, contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).