Innisfail RCMP shut down illegal marijuana grow op

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
March 27, 2017 - 3:50pm

Innisfail Mounties have seized a large amount of marijuana plants and harvested pot from an illegal grow op.

RCMP say they executed a search warrant on March 24 at a rural property on Range Road 270 in Red Deer County east of Innisfail.

The investigation began earlier this year when ALERT was tipped off about the unlawful operation. The local detachment took over from there.

In total, police seized 739 plants, weighing just over 182 kilograms, harvested weed weighing almost 54 kilograms, and another three kilos of dried bud. A working hash oil extraction lab and equipment were also confiscated.

"The outbuilding contained eight seacans outfitted with sophisticated equipment including high intensity grow lights, fans, air conditioners, CO2 generators, dehumidifiers and light timers," according to RCMP.

Shaun Charles Howell, 41, is charged with Production of Cannabis and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. He is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Court on May 18.

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