MEDICINE HAT. — Four men have pleaded guilty to drug trafficking offences related to a multimillion-dollar marijuana operation in southern Alberta.
The pleas came at the beginning of what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing in a Medicine Hat courtroom.
Court heard police became aware of one of three grow-ops after a man from the Medicine Hat area dropped by to see how the some new farm owners were doing.
An agreed statement of facts says he was escorted off the sprawling property, which included two metal Quonset huts and a barn with 2,000 mature pot plants.
The man notified police, who discovered two other grow-ops: one in a Calgary home with 300 plants and another in a rural residence in Redcliff.
Sentencing for ringleader Poon Law of Calgary has been adjourned to September, but the three other men have been given two years each in the community.
Four other individuals still face charges.