Police find marijuana, guns and chemical operation at Maple Ridge property

Three men, ages 56, 53, and 49, were arrested, but have since been released pending a court appearance.

  • Feb. 29, 2012 5:00 a.m.

RCMP seized more than 800 marijuana plants Monday and more than 60 firearms, as well as ammunition from a property in north Maple Ridge that also had a chemical operation.

Three men, ages 56, 53, and 49, were arrested, but have since been released pending a court appearance.

Police were called to the 22500-block of 136 Avenue just before 4:30 p.m. after receiving a 911 call about screaming coming from a house.

During a check of the property relating to the 911 call, police located three men and found a marijuana growing operation. The men were taken into custody, and the RCMP Street Enforcement Unit obtained and executed a search warrant just after 10:30 p.m.

Police seized 800 marijuana plants in varying stages of growth, as well as more than 60 firearms, including ammunition, and other assorted weapons. They also seized what police believe to be dried marijuana and hashish.

The search continued Tuesday, when investigators located a chemical operation in one of the buildings on the property.

Members of the RCMP Clandestine Lab Team dealt with the unknown chemicals.

The RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit, the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, B.C. Hydro, and Maple Ridge By-Laws Enforcement Officers also assisted the investigation.

The three suspects were released from custody after the search was completed and are to appear in court at a later date.