Man arrested after grow-op found on C&E Trail

Blackfalds RCMP have arrested one man in connection with a marijuana grow-op bust on the C&E Trail just south of Red Deer Thursday.

Blackfalds RCMP have arrested one man in connection with a marijuana grow-op bust on the C&E Trail just south of Red Deer Thursday.

Just after 9 a.m. RCMP and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Green Team from Edmonton issued a search warrant at 37411 on the C&E trail near the intersection with township road 374.

Thirty eight marijuana plants at various stages of maturity were seized from the property with a potential value of $172,000 to $258,000, said Cpl. Barry Larocque, Blackfalds RCMP supervisor.

A “sophisticated hydroponic operation” was found in the back of a Quonset hut, a corrugated structure of galvanized steel.

It had been set up to grow marijuana exclusively, said Larocque.

Police also discovered two separate grow rooms and an area to start “clones.”

One man was arrested on the property and released later Thursday.

He cannot be named as the investigation is continuing and charges are expected to be laid next week.

The warrant was the result of an investigation from the Blackfalds detachment after information had been received regarding marijuana on the premises, said Larocque.

The search wrapped up around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.