Squamish RCMP seizes large amount of cannabis and BHO equip­ment

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Squamish: On De­cem­ber 20, Squamish RCMP and Sea to Sky Gen­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Sec­tion ex­e­cuted a Crim­i­nal Code Search War­rant in the Up­per Squamish Val­ley in re­la­tion to an il­licit Cannabis Cul­ti­va­tion (S. 12 CCLA Act - Grow over 4 plants) and an Elec­tri­cal Theft (S. 326 CC) in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The search was sup­ported by mul­ti­ple part­ners in­clud­ing the LMD Emer­gency Re­sponse Team, E Di­vi­sion Cannabis Train­ing Co­or­di­na­tors, and BC Hy­dro. Once the teams ar­rived at the lo­ca­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tors lo­cated a barn which was con­verted into a 1,500 plant Cannabis Cul­ti­va­tion op­er­a­tion and an ac­tive Bu­tane Honey Oil (BHO) op­er­a­tion. The BHO pro­duc­tion was a dan­ger­ous large or­ganic sol­vent op­er­a­tion with high end equip­ment. Un­der the new Cannabis Con­trol and Li­cenc­ing Act Sec­tion 12 the al­ter­ation of Cannabis with or­ganic sol­vents such as bu­tane is pro­hib­ited.

BC Hy­dro of­fi­cials were present on scene with the po­lice and were able to iden­tify a full elec­tri­cal di­ver­sion specif­i­cally de­signed to steal elec­tric­ity to power the large scale op­er­a­tion.

A man, from Squamish, was lo­cated and ar­rested on the prop­erty and later re­leased pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“There are numer­ous safety haz­ards as­so­ci­ated with elec­tri­cal theft and cannabis pro­duc­tion, notably the risks as­so­ci­ated with BHO op­er­a­tions due to the volatil­ity of Bu­tane” stated Sergeant Jeff Shore from the Sea to Sky Gen­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tions Sec­tion. “De­spite the le­gal­iza­tion of Cannabis, the RCMP will con­tinue crim­i­nal en­force­ment ef­forts when it comes to youth, pub­lic safety and or­ga­nized crime.” The po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion and in or­der to iden­tify all per­sons re­spon­si­ble for these of­fences they are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100, con­tact Crimestop­pers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or go to www.solve­crime.ca.

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