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Thursday, December 08, 2005

War on grow-ops intensifies

Edmonton Sun, Canada

For the second day in a row, Edmonton drug cops swooped in on homes across the city, bringing their two-day haul to close to $4 million in marijuana plants.

Numerous people are facing charges after the joint EPS-RCMP Green Team executed search warrants at six homes yesterday, uncovering 2,373 plants worth close to $2.4 million. Packaged pot ready for resale was also found.

The busts came a day after police raided four homes and a hydroponic supply store for a total of 1,557 pot plants worth $1.6 million.

RCMP Cpl. Lorne Adamitz said the seizures follow ongoing efforts by police and other groups to bring awareness to cultivation efforts in the city.

"As a result of the increased attention, we've conducted a major crackdown," he said. "This is part of it."

Adamitz said not all of the busts were linked. "Some were definitely linked, there's no doubt, but we cannot say that all were linked."

The previous day's busts were the result of a lengthy investigation, which also included two undercover pot buys from Mr. T's Greenhouse Supply at 8734 Yellowhead Trail.

There's been a significant increase in the number of plants seized over the years. In 2002, police uncovered 14,000 plants. That number doubled the following year, and by 2004, had hit 32,000. Numbers for 2005 were not available.


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