Five charged in massive Consort pot bust get out on bail

Five people charged in a massive marijuana grow operation in eastern Alberta have all been released on substantial cash bail.

Five people charged in a massive marijuana grow operation in eastern Alberta have all been released on substantial cash bail.

The five, who appeared in Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, reserved their pleas on charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana and the production of marijuana.

Four of them were to post $10,000 cash bail each while a fifth was to post $15,000 before they were released.

They were ordered to return to court on Sept. 29 either in person or have a lawyer appear for them.

Consort RCMP said earlier that officers seized more than 3,300 plants. Police said they would yield up to 2.3 million marijuana cigarettes worth about $4 million on the street.

Coronation RCMP were assisted by units from RCMP in Edmonton, the RCMP helicopter team, Red Deer and Edmonton emergency response teams and forensic identification members, among others.

Charged are Van Tran, 49, of Surrey, B.C., XuPhaman Dinh, 48, of Ontario, Long Tran, 53, of Vancouver, Hung Truong, 49, of Vancouver, and Thai Pham, 50, of Vancouver.