A “large-scale” grow-op in Ladner has been shut down by police who confiscated 7,400 pot plants and about 100 pounds of dried weed.
The raid happened on Wednesday near 28 Avenue and 48 Street in Ladner, according to a statement from Delta police.
Officers were initially looking into a complaint about the well-being of dogs at a residence before they got a search warrant for the property.
“This is not the first time a tip from the public has spurred a larger police investigation and helped us to uncover a sophisticated illegal operation,” says Insp. Heath Newton in a statement. “For me, this really underscores that policing truly is a partnership with the community.”
The thousands of plants were in various stages of growth and the dried weed was being packaged for distribution.
Police also seized about $275,000 worth of equipment. Officers estimate the cost of the plants to be more than $2 million based on a “conservative estimate,” and the dried weed to be worth about $200,000.
Two people were taken into custody “without incident,” police say, though no charges have been approved yet.
Officers “anticipate forwarding charges under the Cannabis Act,” and the investigation is ongoing.