Suspect arrested for multiple marijuana grow ops

A Slocan resident was arrested on Wednesday after the Slocan Lake RCMP discovered an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow operation.

A Slocan resident was arrested on Wednesday after the Slocan Lake RCMP discovered an indoor and outdoor marijuana grow operation.

The 22 year old male was arrested by officers for production of marijuana.

“For the second straight year the Slocan Lake RCMP have captured a marijuana cultivating suspect in a planned and successfully executed outdoor marijuana grow project in the Slocan Valley area,” said the RCMP in a press release.

The project was initially spotted several months ago after an auxiliary constable flew over the area in an RCMP helicopter.

“He spotted and recorded the coordinates of a number of outdoor marijuana grow operation sites in the area,” the release said. “The coordinates of the marijuana sites were subsequently provided to officers with the Slocan Lake RCMP for their investigation.”

RCMP accessed the site near Springer Creek Road in Slocan on September 21.

“The operation consisted of about 120 very healthy marijuana plants all about three to four feet in height,” said the press release.

The project included an irrigation system which had individual irrigation tubes running to each plant, which allowed for automatic watering of the plants.

RCMP also found an additional site where it appeared about 200 marijuana plants had already been harvested.

Officers set up a surveillance point in a nearby area in attempt to catch the cultivator. After a period of time, officers observed a single adult male arrive and tend to the plants.

The suspect was known to the RCMP.

The man was taken to the Nelson RCMP detachment and held in custody until a search warrant for his residence and another building on the suspect’s property were obtained.

When the RCMP searched the suspect’s residence they discovered an indoor grow operation inside an outbuilding on the property.

“The indoor marijuana grow consisted of 160 healthy marijuana plants. In the residence police uncovered weighing scales and pre-packaged marijuana bud that was ready for street-level distribution,” the release said.

The suspect was released on a promise to appear for the alleged offences of production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

The suspect will appear in Nakusp Provincial Court on December 21.