For the fourth time in recent years, a judge has slapped a restraining order on a Slocan Valley property where a grow-op was found.
RCMP sought and obtained the property restraint order from a BC Supreme Court judge in Vancouver for a property that contained a commercial grow-op.
Cst. Shaun Foley of the Slocan Lake detachment says they found nearly 400 plants as well as a shotgun that had been stolen out of Edmonton.
Jean Yves Farrand Murray, 36, has been charged with several offences stemming from a search of his property on February 3, although police didn’t state the address.
He faces counts of drug production and possession for the purpose of trafficking, as well as unauthorized possession and unsafe storage of a firearm.
Murray appeared in court in Nelson last week and will return May 8.
The restraint order prevents the owner from selling or transferring interest in the property or from doing anything that could depreciate the value of the property until the matter is dealt with in court, Foley said.
It also gives temporary control and management of the property to a branch of the federal government. Depending on the case’s outcome, the trial judge may forfeit the property to the Crown.
Two other Slocan Valley properties have been forefeited the same way — one wholly, and one partially. Another two matters are still before the courts.