Drug bust in Cobb’s Arm
RCMP investigating marijuana operation
Twillingate RCMP and the RCMP Emergency Response Team have dismantled a major marijuana grow operation in Cobb’s Arm.
RCMP executed a search warrant at an outdoor property in the New World Island community on Thursday, Sept. 6. They seized 168 mature marijuana plants, some reaching heights of 10 feet, and various drug paraphernalia.
According to Twillingate RCMP Cpl. and detachment commander Kenneth Maher, the pounds of marijuana and street value of these 168 plants has yet to be fully assessed.
While bigger grow operations have been uncovered in other areas of the province, Maher says it is one of the largest found in the central region in recent years.
Cobb’s Arm resident, Calvin McLean, 49, was taken into custody and appeared in court on charges of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
While McLean was the sole arrest, when questioned if he was the sole suspect, Maher says McLean is not the only resident of the property and the RCMP investigation on that front is ongoing.
“He’s been the only person charged and brought to court thus far. The investigation is ongoing to see if there’s any other individuals involved,” said Maher.
McLean is scheduled back in court on Oct. 30.
With legalization of marijuana in Canada’s immediate future, the grow operation bust brought criticism on social media. Many comments were voiced on Facebook that the arrest was unnecessary because of the drug’s soon-to-be legal status.
While people growing their own marijuana plants will soon be lawful, Maher says that a grow operation of this size is not something that would pass in the upcoming legalization.
“Health Canada will be issuing licenses for people to grow their own, but it will be strict guidelines and nothing near that size,” Maher said. “That amount of marijuana (involved in this grow operation) would be for the purpose of trafficking it; it’s not a personal use size.”
According to Maher, the RCMP ensured there was no license in place to grow marijuana from the property’s residents before they carried out the arrest.
“To dispute some of the (social media) comments — if these things are brought to our attention, and they are illegal, then we will enforce the laws,” Maher said. “We have no issues acting on them, regardless of the commodity.”
Twillingate RCMP and the RCMP Emergency Response Team dismantled a major marijuana grow operation in Cobb’s Arm on Thursday, Sept. 6. RCMP seized 168 marijuana plants at the outdoor property, some reaching heights of 10 feet.