Screaming, 911 call leads to drug bust

Clandestine lab unit checking out property for hazardous chemicals

A 911 call to Ridge Meadows RCMP about screaming coming from a house has resulted in three arrests and the seizure of 800 marijuana plants.

The men, all about middle age, were taken into custody about 4:30 p.m. Monday after police answered a call in the 22500-block of 136th Avenue.

“That’s when the three males were arrested and the street enforcement unit took over … to get the warrant and go from there,” said a police spokesman.

A later search warrant resulted in the discovery of the pot.

Police hauled out the crop over night and continued their investigation Tuesday.

Undercover officers and unmarked cars converged on the scene, focusing on an area at the back of the run-down property, where a few wrecked vehicles were parked.

The RCMP’s E Division’s clandestine drug lab unit had taken over the investigation after potentially hazardous materials were found on site.

But police still weren’t sure of the nature of those materials by mid-afternoon Tuesday and wouldn’t confirm if crystal meth was on site or if a meth lab was on the property.

Neighbours say the house is usually quiet and most people keep to themselves on the street – now one of two road accesses to Silver Valley.

One motorist, though, has noticed lots of vehicles at the property.