Kootenay Bay bust nets over 5,000 plants

RCMP seized more than 5,100 marijuana plants from a property in Kootenay Bay on Friday.

RCMP seized more than 5,100 marijuana plants from a property in Kootenay Bay on Friday.

Police say a house and outbuilding in the 600 block of Riondel Road had been “converted completely” into a grow-op.

“By any definition, this was a commercial marijuana factory,” Staff Sgt. Gord Stewart said in a news release. “I’ve been involved in several hundred grow investigations and I’ve never seen the level of sophistication present here.”

With the help of forensic identification and dog units, police also seized a large amount of growing equipment.

A 27-year-old man living on the property was arrested at the scene and faces a number of charges, including drug production.