Burnaby RCMP bust large scale drug operation connected to personal/designated medical cannabis grow

| Staff

Following a distress call, Burnaby RCMP say they located a large scale drug operation in connection with a personal or designated medical cannabis growing license.

Police seized 3.7 kilograms suspected Cocaine, 105 litres of suspected GHB, 15 litres of suspected Codeine syrup, 10 grams of suspected Ketamine, 823 grams of suspected Precursor’s (used to make illicit drugs), 4.5 kilograms of suspected cannabis flower, 114 kilograms of suspected cannabis plants/trimmings, 3.7 kilograms of suspected uncut Shatter, 36 kilograms of suspected Psilocybin mushrooms, and $9,000 in cash.

Personal and designated medical cannabis production licenses allow an individual to grow their own cannabis or to designate someone to grow it for them for their personal use.

On November 29th, 2020, just before 10:30 p.m., Burnaby RCMP frontline officers responded to a 911 call from a woman in distress. Officers located her in a residence near Dundas Street and Delta Avenue.

After assisting a woman in distress, Burnaby RCMP discovered a massive drug operation in a residence in North Burnaby.

Officers then entered the residence to assist an unresponsive man still inside. The unresponsive man was located, along with a large scale illicit drug operation which included a number of containers of unknown chemicals. The man was assessed by paramedics and transported to a local hospital. The man was released from police custody at the hospital, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Paraphernalia associated to drug use was located inside the residence.

Police secured the residence and called the RCMP Federal Clandestine Lab Enforcement and Response (CLEAR) Team, who attended and confirmed the residence and surrounding area were safe.

Further investigation revealed that the residence was licenced as a “legal cannabis growing operation”, but was 500 plants over the limit authorized by the licence. The Burnaby Drug Section executed a search warrant at the residence and the quantities of illegal drugs, cash and weapons were seized.