At least five people could be facing charges in connection with two unrelated marijuana growing operations that were subject to search warrants Wednesday afternoon.
Lake Country RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence and outbuilding on the 12000 block of Oceola Road in Lake Country, with the assistance of Kelowna Police Dog Services Wednesday.
Police located a sophisticated growing operation inside the outbuilding, as well as a hydro bypass—they also seized over 300 g of dried marijuana bud.
No one was home during the search and it appeared the harvest had already been completed.
West Kelowna RCMP also executed a search warrant Wednesday at a residence on the 3400 block of McTaggart Road. Acting on a theft of hydro tip, police discovered a hydro bypass and elaborate growing operation.
Approximately 7,400 marijuana plants, in various stages of development, were seized and four men were arrested inside the residence.
A 58-year-old Lake Country man, a 29-year-old Summerland man and three West Kelowna men—25, 28 and 46—all face potential charges of Theft of Electricity, Production of a Controlled Substance and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
Both investigations are ongoing.