A medical marijuana grow operation in Maple Ridge producing a much larger crop than permitted has been busted by Mounties.
Police got a warrant to search the property in 26000 block of 112th Avenue on May 26 after receiving information about illegal activity.
The rural property was the site of two approved Health Canada medical marijuana production licenses.
One license permitted the production of 122 marihuana plants, while the second allowed for 98.
When police executed the warrant, they found a total of 1,490 plants – a quantity seven times larger than allowed.
In addition to the marijuana, police seized a R44 helicopter, two pickup trucks and three 30-40 foot enclosed mobile marihuana grow labs that were not yet in use.
“During this investigation, it became very clear to police that marijuana from this licensed operation was being sold in the Lower Mainland,” Cst. Michael McLaughlin. “This investigation is ongoing and police anticipate more arrests.”
Two men inside a barn where the pot was being grown and a third was arrested inside a house on the property.