Drug bust in Cobb’s Arm

RCMP in­ves­ti­gat­ing mar­i­juana op­er­a­tion

The Central Voice - - Front Page - BY KYLE GREENHAM [email protected]­der­bea­con.ca

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.

On­line crit­i­cism

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.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF RCMP

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.

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