Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 07/31/2013 1:01 PM
A man and a woman were taken into custody early Tuesday morning for operating marijuana grow-ops in three Winnipeg homes.
The homes are in the south-east area of Winnipeg: in the 100 block of Prairie Smoke Drive, the 100 block of Breton Bay and the 400 block of De La Seigneurie Boulevard.
The arrests netted 649 plants in the Prairie Smoke residence with a reported street value of $726,880 in addition to a half-pound of dried marijuana worth $1,500 and grow equipment with an estimated value of $20,000. The Breton Bay residence held 577 plants with an estimated street value of $646,240, 12 ounces of dried pot worth $2,250 and more equipment valued at $20,000. A car was also seized.
The third residence at De la Seigneurie Blvd. yielded $3,700 in Canadian currency.
The 56-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman were taken without incident and will be facing charges including production of controlled substance, possessing substance for the purposes of trafficking and possession of proceeds of crime. Both have been released to appear in court at a later date.
Police say both the man and the woman were from Winnipeg, and knew each other.
The arrests came after members of the Grow Operation Unit entered into a lengthy investigation, resulting in a raid Tuesday morning by the Grow Op unit, members of the Tactical Support Team, the Street Crime Unit, and East District uniform officers.
Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken of the Winnipeg Police Service said the operations were very sophisticated. The value of the equipment, as well as the fact that none of the grow-ops illegally stole electricity were signs that operations were expertly done.
"These are very significant grow operations, in terms of the number of plants, the excess amount of equipment," Aitken said.
"It would have been an elaborate system in both of (the residences)," she said.
Aikten said the WPS uses tips from neighbours in investigations like these. Rarely will neighbours notice a smell if a grow operation is located in the neighbourhood, she said. The signs are usually visual.
"Individuals are coming at all hours. Or a fairly large house is not being occupied at all. That’s sometimes hard to tell in summer ... In the wintertime we say watch for condensation on one side of the house," Aitken said.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
FIRE AND ICE
'The dialogue has started' on missing women
Ice cream parlour? Bike shop? Submit your ideas for Esplanade Riel
Milder, but still cold
Police seek help in finding 15-year-old girl
No more overnight parking ban on snow routes
Jury finds police not guilty of misconduct
Legislature gets security upgrade
Fighting the evil within: The case for and against the Anti-Terrorism Act
Reluctant witness says cops forced lie
Portrait of Queen will be home again soon
Your weekend weather
We failed on ER fixes, WRHA says
Provincial NDP forecasts $394-M deficit
Fired lawyer sues city
Donations pouring in for family stricken by tragedy
Parker pond pegged at $35.42M
Vandalism victim not amused by police response
Hygiene products very generously donated to Harvest
First 2015 flood forecast a mixed bag
Nabbed after alleged phone theft
Free Press photo staffers vie for awards
Taking down cyber-hackers
Embrasser le succès
Recidivism and NCR
Massage association rubbed the wrong way by course
Spreading the word through song
Trending that caught Doug's eye: Celebrity species
A sorry state of affairs
Random acts of kindness
Vince Li secures increased freedoms
Free Press, Brandon Sun photographers nominated for national awards
Province forecasting year-end deficit to grow by $37M to $394M
Flood risk normal or above normal in western Manitoba
Unregistered massage therapist to give Manitoba courses, regulator says
$35 million price tag for Parker lands retention pond project
Queen's portrait coming home
RCMP investigate gunfire in Selkirk