A search warrant by Castlegar RCMP has led to the discovery of an active grow operation.
On Monday, October 19 a search warrant for a residence in the downtown area of Castlegar was executed by Castlegar RCMP with the assistance of the Kootenay Boundary Regional GIS Section. The search warrant was sought under the authority of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act after the Castlegar RCMP obtained information regarding an active marijuana growing operation in a residence. In addition to the illegal grow operation there was an indication that there were firearms in the home.
Once the warrant was obtained, a team of police officers from the Castlegar detachment and the GIS Section attended the home and were able to conduct a safe and thorough search of the home that resulted in the locating of actively growing marijuana plants, a significant amount of dried marijuana, cash and firearms.
One male was taken into custody and later released on conditions and to attend court in December. He is charged with production of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking contrary to the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, also Possession of a Prohibited Firearm and Unsafe Storage of a Firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
The RCMP also reminded people that information provided by citizens living in the community go a long way to ensuring their community stays a safe place.
In another search warrant Castlegar RCMP also turned up illegal drugs.
On October 15, the Castlegar and Trail Crime Reduction Unit executed a search warrant in Castlegar under the authority of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.
A number of substances were seized, including what is believed to be 70 tablets containing fentanyl, in excess of three ounces of cocaine and a small amount of marihuana. A laboratory analysis is required to confirm the substances.
Three Castlegar area residents, two males and one female, have been arrested.
Charges have been recommended for the Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. One of the males was also alleged to have been breaching a Probation Order.