Police in Abbotsford, BC say they were recently tipped off to a large, illegal cannabis grow by BC Conservation officers, resulting in the seizure of thousands of cannabis plants, suspected fentanyl, cocaine, firearms, and ammunition.
The Abbotsford Police Department, located about an hour outside of Vancouver, says it was contacted by the BC Conservation Officer Service on July 13 about a “large-scale marijuana grow operation” on the Abbotsford property in the 7400 block of Walters Street.
This resulted in Abbotsford police opening an investigation, and they were soon granted a search warrant for the property under the Cannabis Act. Police say the property was authorized to grow cannabis for medical purposes, but was “determined to be overproducing outside of its legal confines”.
A Media Relations Officer with the Abbotsford Police Department was unable to provide details as to how many plants they were allowed to produce, but told StratCann that they were informed by the investigative team that the observed grow was “obviously overproducing”.
The search of the property led police to discover and seize approximately four thousand cannabis plants, about two kilograms of suspected fentanyl, approximately one kilogram of suspected cocaine, six firearms, including two handguns and three sawed-off shotguns, a rifle, and extended loaded magazines.
During the investigation, another twelve lawfully possessed firearms were also seized for public safety and safekeeping.
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