Man receives 16-month conditional sentence for grow op in apartment

A Red Deer man’s efforts at setting up a pot farm in his apartment have put some heavy restrictions on his freedoms for the next 16 months.

A Red Deer man’s efforts at setting up a pot farm in his apartment have put some heavy restrictions on his freedoms for the next 16 months.

Robert Apetrea, 25, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty in April to growing marijuana in the bedrooms of his suite on 60th Street.

Crown prosecutor David Inglis told court after Apetrea pleaded guilty on April 12 that police had gone to the suite in response to a 911 hang-up on Aug. 26, 2011. RCMP members entering the suite conducted a search after noting a strong odour of marijuana in the three-bedroom suite, said Inglis.

Police found grow lights set up in each of the three rooms and trained on a total of 107 plants varying in height form 1.3 to 1.6 metres. The plants were capable of producing enough marijuana to be worth about $132,000 on the street, said Inglis.

In court on Thursday, Apetrea was given a 16-month conditional sentence with a number of restrictions and orders, including an order that he surrender a sample of his DNA and that he not possess any firearms for the next 10 years.