Thursday, March 27, 2008

Grow Ops in the downtown core

The story first started circulating along the message boards of hackingthemainframe, Prince Rupert’s on line reservoir of information.
Tales of a suspected grow operation discovered in the downtown area, within sight of City Hall. A location, where police officers wearing protective masks were seen going in and out of the back of a building, along since closed restaurant in the 600 block of Third Avenue West.

As that investigation was going on, a second operation was reportedly located on Second Avenue West, close to the Daily News offices. Where yet a larger number of marijuana plants were also found.

Not much came of the story officially until Tuesday, and even then the gruel has been thin, as the Daily News provided only a picture and a few words on page three of all places, but few details of a search and seizure of hundreds of marijuana plants from two separate downtown locations.

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Prince Rupert Daily News
Tuesday march 25, 2008
Page three

Prince Rupert RCMP executed two search warrants during the weekend, allegedly resulting in the seizure of hundreds of marijuana plants from two separate alleged grow operations.

The first suspected grow-op was discovered in the 600 block of Third Avenue West and the second much larger grow-up was found in a building close to the Daily News office on Second Avenue West.

Both raids are believed to have been the result of BC Hydro alerting law enforcement to large levels of power being used in the buildings, both of which were supposedly empty and unused for some time.

The Daily News will have more on the investigation as information becomes available.

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