The following story courtesy of the Comox Valley RCMP.


 

On Saturday, January 30th, 2016, the Comox Valley RCMP executed a search warrant for a marihuana grow operation at a residential property located on the 1500 block of Trumpeter Cres, Courtenay.

A large quantity of marijuana was seized, along with a substantial amount of money. As a result, eleven individuals were arrested for Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.  Following the conclusion of the investigation, a report will be forwarded to Crown Counsel for determination of charges.

Residents are reminded, that the cost of having an illegal marijuana grow operation can cost you a lot more than a criminal record, it can cost you your home. The City of Courtenay has Bylaw No. 2285, 2003 which states any costs related to executing a search warrant on these properties can be added to the residential property taxes.  As well, utilities are disconnected and a ‘Do Not Occupy’ order is placed on the residence by the city, until a property safety inspection is completed.

The impact of illegal marijuana grow operations, affect not only residential areas with; increased criminal activity, decreased real estate values, reduced quality of life (due to the odour of the plants and increased noise from additional heat pumps), fire hazards, health risks and environmental dangers, but whole communities.