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Police dismantle grow op
Large signs attached to the garage warn people not to enter the premises.
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012 11:54AM MST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 13, 2012 4:19PM MST
Calgary police have taken down a sophisticated, stage-three grow operation at a residence in the northeast.
Officers executed a warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Whiteview Bay N.E. and discovered a marijuana grow operation with over 330 plants.
Police say the street value of the pot is about $420,000.
Investigators also seized a significant amount of growing equipment.
No suspects were in the residence at the time but police say charges are pending.
Calgary police are reminding the public that grow operations pose a danger to the community and there is an increase risk of criminal activity and a higher risk of fire or explosion.
Police are urging Calgarians to be vigilant for any signs of a grow operation in their neighbourhood.
Possible warning signs include:
- Excessive humidity / sweating on the exterior of the house
- No snow on the roof when the rest of the neighbourhood does
- Vondensation on windows
- Excessive moisture at the foundation
- Minimal exterior upkeep (gardening, mowed lawns, or snow removal)
- Coming and going at odd hours and only staying for a few hours
- Lights on timers
- Presence of heavy deodorizers
- Loud exhaust fans or the presence of unusual venting
- A strong “skunky” odour emanating from residence
- No garbage put out on designated collection days
- Guard dogs
- Multiple security or ‘keep out’ signs
If you believe there is an illegal grow operation in your community, call the Calgary Police Service Drug Tip Line at 1-403-206-8100.