Senior uncooperative after pot bust

A 71-year-old Lake Country man facing marijuana possession related charges has been uncooperative with Lake Country RCMP.

A 71-year-old Lake Country man facing marijuana possession related charges has been uncooperative with Lake Country RCMP.

The police executed a drug search warrant on Monday, March 7, 4:45 p.m., at a residence in the 12000 block of Lake Hill Drive.

Inside the residence, police found 990 marijuana plants in various growth stages as well as a quantity of processed and packaged marijuana.

A hydro electrical bypass was also found, along with an improperly stored rifle.

Police arrested the 71-year-old man inside the residence, and took him to the Kelowna RCMP detachment in order to process him so he could be released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

But the man refused to provide his name to police and would not cooperate with attempts to identify him.

A background check on his fingerprints revealed his name to be William Jones-Cook.

But Jones-Cook refused to sign the promise to appear document and further refused to acknowledge that he would honour an order to appear in court at a later date.

Police had no choice but to keep him in custody. He appeared in court on Tuesday and was remanded to appear again Wednesday.

Jones-Cook now faces charges of production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and theft of hydro electricity.

He is known to police for prior drug and Criminal Code offences.