A domestic dispute call on Meadowlark Road resulted in Prince George RCMP discovering and seizing an estimated $1.2 million in marijuana, Feb. 22.
A total of 1,593 marijuana plants of three varieties, in various stages of maturity, were found in what police believe was a large and sophisticated grow operation. Also seized by police were a collection of books on growing marijuana, weigh scales, a cash counting machine and a collection of ledgers RCMP believe may contain records of the operation.
“Any [drug] seizure of this size would be linked to organized crime,” RCMP spokesman Const. Gary Godwin said. “Organized crime is linked with all large grow ops.”
Wednesday afternoon Const. Dan Schenkevald and another officer responded to a house on Meadowlark Road Â a rural area on the outskirts of Prince George Godwin said. Police had received a report of a domestic dispute in progress.
“The residence was empty when police arrived,” Godwin said. “The residence was entered without the use of force.”
RCMP policy for domestic disputes is to enter a home if there is no response, because there may be a person injured or in danger inside, he explained.
“We always attend domestic disputes in pairs,” Schenkevald said. “You’re always tactically aware when you attend a domestic because it’s an extremely charged situation. All I was thinking about was the safety of the people inside and the [RCMP] members as well.”
When he entered the house, Schenkevald said he was hit by, “an overwhelming sweet, pungent smell of marijuana.”
Schenkevald and the other officer didn’t find any people inside, but they did find the marijuana plants in trays in the basement and main floor of the home.
Police then posted an officer to guard the house while Schenkevald went to get a search warrant to officially search the home.
Schenkevald said he’s happy the seizure would have an impact on the drug scene in Prince George.
An RCMP investigation is ongoing and no suspects have been located as of press time. No firearms were found in the house.
Anyone with information about this grow operation is asked to call Prince George RCMP at 250-561-3300 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).