RCMP remove 22,570 pounds of marijuana
The RCMP in the Kootenay Boundary region are trumpeting their work this summer, saying they’ve stopped the equivalent of 40 million joints from reaching the streets.
In a press release, Kootenay RCMP report they seized 20,000 marijuana plants from 96 outdoor sites this summer.
According to police calculations, the seized plants would have produced 22,570 pounds of marijuana, the equivalent of 40 million marijuana cigarettes.
Inspector Nick Romanchuk, the officer in Charge of Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment, says the amount of pot seized “speaks to the extreme quantities of marijuana produced in the West Kootenay/Boundary area.”
“I have absolutely no doubt that the majority of this marijuana is distributed and exported by the hands of organized criminal groups to other markets in Canada and the United States.”
The grow ops were mostly on Crown land and unattended, though police did execute three search warrants on private property. Five people are facing charges, including production of a controlled substance.
The press release includes comments from the mayor of Kaslo, Greg Lay, who spoke about the damage outdoor grow ops can have on the environment.
“When water is diverted from its natural course, as is often the case with the man made irrigation systems at outdoor grow ops, instability and failure of the nearby slopes can result,” says Lay, who is also a professional forester. “These failures place our roads, streams, and other water resources at risk and cause considerable damage to our natural environment.”