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Calgary man charged after police seize over $1 million in marihuana

Calgary man charged after police seize over $1 million in marihuana

April 22, 2013

 

Calgary…Police weeded out a sophisticated marihuana grow operation in northeast Calgary where they seized 1,194 marihuana plants, with an estimated street value of nearly $1.5 million.

The Calgary Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-Calgary), an integrated team made up Calgary Police Service (CPS) and RCMP members, executed a search warrant at a home on Whitehorn Road Northeast on April 17. With help from CPS, the team uncovered the plants, along with 528 grams of dried marihuana, growing equipment, and $2,250 cash.

The electrical and water services had been bypassed, allowing the occupants to steal an undetermined amount of electricity and water. Investigators also found that the furnace and hot water tank had been altered to supply carbon dioxide to the grow operation. Alberta Health Services attended the residence and deemed it unfit for human habitation.

“Part of our commitment to tackling the issue of illegal grow ops includes raising awareness among community members,” said Green Team South S/Sgt. Keith Hurley. “We are reminding residents to report suspicious activity so we can work together to protect our neighbourhoods from these fire and safety hazards.”

Khoi Dinh LY, a 52-year-old Calgary resident, is charged with production of marihuana, possession of marihuana for the purpose of trafficking, theft of electricity, theft under $5,000, and proceeds of crime.

To report suspicious activity or a suspected marihuana grow operation in your community, contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). For information on how to spot a marihuana grow operation, visit www.alert-ab.ca/growops

CFSEU-Calgary is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.

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Media inquiries may be directed to:
S/Sgt. Keith Hurley
CFSEU–Calgary
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
403-428-4841

Jill Baird
Communications
Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT)
780-509-3028

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