Feature Story                                                                                                    Wednesday, April 10, 2013                      

Growing, Growing, Gone

Mounties take down grow show, but not before following the rule of law

Released by Chilliwack RCMP Cst. Tracy Wolbeck/Voice photos

 

Up until last Thursday, this home on Young Rd. was used to produce marijuana. Police clearned the structure and the power was shut-off soon after.

 

he term "search warrant' is often used in police communications however, the general public likely don't know exactly what a search warrant is and how they get processed.

 

It is not possible under Canadian law for the police to simply enter a person's home because they feel there might be something illegal going on. They need "reasonable grounds" to believe that a crime is taking, or has taken place, to even consider writing a search warrant.

Such was the case in a recent marihuana growing operation in Chilliwack where a search warrant was executed in the 9700 block of Young Road on April 4, 2013.

 

Over the last few months, members of the public had reported to police their concerns regarding a residence.

 

This gives the police a starting point to begin gathering sufficient evidence to support writing a search warrant. As is the case with any similar file, a warrant was then carefully written outlining the evidence police had gathered. This was then sent to a Judicial Justice of the Peace for review.

 

If police had not had sufficient evidence to support the warrant, the warrant would have been denied and the process of further evidence gathering would have continued. A signed search warrant allows police to enter the home and begin to search for items that have been listed on the search warrant.

"Much of the evidence that goes into a search warrant comes to us from the public," said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck. "This gives us an initial starting point, particularly with grow ops and other drug activity that may be happening in the community."

In this grow, 240 plants were seized as well as 25 pounds of dried marijuana. A 27 year old man from Chilliwack was arrested at the residence and released to appear in court at a later date. "If this information had not come into us from the public, there is a good chance that these drugs would have hit our streets."

Anyone with information of a possible marihuana grow operation is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611.
 

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