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POLICE found more than $30,000 of marijuana after a fire in a Dufferin Avenue apartment Saturday afternoon.
Fire crews headed to the apartment on the 700 block of Dufferin Avenue at about 2:30 p.m., after an alarm went off.
The blaze was out by the time fire crews arrived, but officials noticed pot leaves in a suite and hallway.
Police got two warrants to search two suites in the building and police found marijuana plants, growing equipment and cash.
Winnipeg Police Service spokeswoman Const. Natalie Aitken said there was growing equipment and plants in one suite and three kilograms of pot in a second suite.
Aitken said the fire was "accidentally set" and not related to the grow operation.
Police said among the items seized were 13 marijuana plants worth $14,500 and growing equipment worth $5,000.
Officers also found $20,000 worth of marijuana and $300 in cash.
A 42-year-old man will be charged. Police said those charges will include two counts of possessing a substance for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance and possessing proceeds of crime. He was released on a promise to appear. Police did not release the man's name Wednesday.