Abandoned sawmill houses grow op. Again.
PRESS RELEASE from the RCMP
In 2009 the RCMP followed rare birds and found a grow op in an abandoned sawmill. This winter, police followed the whiff of B.C. bud and found a new grow op in the same sawmill. The birds were there too.
The find started with an unrelated traffic check stop along an area of Highway 6 and the right wind blowing resulted in the search of a rural property near Salmo.
On Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, one officer smelt a distinct vegetative marihuana odour emanating from the property, due to the wind conditions at the time and as such sought a search warrant.
A warrant was successfully obtained and was executed shortly after on Saturday afternoon on December 10th. They seized 450 plants from a highly sophisticated marijuana grow op.
This wasn’t the first time police found marijuana at the mill. In June of 2009, traffic services officers ended up searching the same property following the odd sighting of large and colourful macaws and parrots seen flying around near the highway.
The property had been searched in 2009, which saw the dismantling of a marijuana grow op, however the previous investigation didn’t result in charges.
“It appears that birds of a feather continue to flock together on this property, as the grow was located in same room as the first time, adjacent to the large parrot enclosure, with eight birds or so still on site. None of the birds were very cooperative and refused to talk about the grow op,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.
Two men in their 30s found on the property were arrested without incident on December 10th on scene and released for future courts dates to answer to drug related charges. Officers anticipate the arrest and charges against a third man who is connected to the property.