Prince George RCMP seized 300 marijuana plants and a large quantity of dried buds from a house in the 2400 block of Lisgar Crescent, Sunday evening.
Two men, not believed to be from Prince George, were arrested on the scene and are facing charges of possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and cultivation.
“There was a bit of a language barrier. We’re not quite sure where they’re from,” RCMP spokesman Const. Gary Godwin said. “We have some ID, but we’re checking it out.”
Godwin said general duty, uniformed officers received a tip from the public, investigated the house and received search warrants to go in.
“Members are encouraged to cultivate sources in the community,” Godwin said. “And they did that here.”
The bust is the largest in recent months, he said.
“We’ll probably get some good intelligence out of this,” Godwin said. “This is very likely linked to organized crime.”
Const. Chad Held was one of the officers who stormed the house, using battering rams to break down the door. The suspects surrendered without incident, he said.
“The drugs were in the basement every room in the basement. They had artificial sunlight sun lamps. It was a pretty good set up,” Held said. “It took us about 20 hours [to search the home for evidence]. The investigation is still going.”
Police moved quickly to bust the grow operation, he said.
“We got word and two days later, we were on it.”
Both suspects have been released from custody and were ordered to appear in court on a later date.