ALERT busts marijuana grow operation in Calgary’s northeast

January 12, 2012

ALERT busts marijuana grow operation in Calgary’s northeast

Calgary… Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) has shut down a sophisticated marijuana grow operation in Whitehorn, a neighbourhood in northeast Calgary. Investigators seized 638 marijuana plants worth nearly $800,000.

The plants were found after ALERT’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Team (CFSEU), assisted by the Calgary Police Service Tactical Support Unit, executed a search warrant at a residential property on Whiteram Close NE.

One man was located inside the residence and was taken into police custody. Nam Hoa NGO, aged 61, has been charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with production of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The electrical and water services were bypassed allowing the occupants to steal an undetermined amount of electricity and water. The furnace and hot water tank were altered to supply carbon dioxide to the marihuana plants. Alberta Health Services inspected the scene and deemed the residence unfit for human habitation.

ALERT’s Calgary CFSEU is made up of Calgary Police Service and RCMP members who work together to investigate serious and organized crime in and around the City of Calgary.

ALERT is an umbrella organization established by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Close to 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.


Media inquiries may be directed to:

S/Sgt. Tom Hanson Candace Cook
CFSEU-Calgary Communications
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403-428-4765 780-509-3015