ALERT shuts down one of Alberta's largest grow-ops on record
Officials found 3,284 marijuana plants on the property
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Alberta law enforcement has shut down a massive rural marijuana grow operation, after accidentally discovering it while responding to a suspicious persons call.
ALERT’s Green Team, an integrated unit consisting of Calgary Police Service and RCMP members, dismantled the grow-op on October 22 at a Stettler rural home off of Highway 12, after RCMP responded to a suspicious person call the night before.
“Stettler RCMP went to investigate and in doing so located a grow op in one of the facilities,” said Staff Sgt. Keith Hurley, of the ALERT Green team. “We took two people into custody during the course of this investigation.”
Kin Wa Au Yeung, a 53-year-old man, and Dan Wang, a 35-year-old woman, are facing charges including drug trafficking and illegal production as neither of the accused possessed a valid Health Canada grow-op license.
Officials said the 3,284 plant grow-op was inside a barn on the property and was being powered by two industrial sized generators.
“It definitely ranks up there with some of the larger ones we have ever come across,” said Hurley.
ALERT also located three kilograms of dried bud that had recently been harvested.
Hurley said they seized two pick-up trucks equipped with hidden compartments located in the slip tanks, believed to be used for trafficking drugs.
“It’s easier to hide illicit activities on a farm then it would be in a residential neighbourhood,” said Hurley. “Slip tanks wouldn’t be out of place in any rural environment across Canada, they are quite common on farms.”