Authorities seized more than 1,800 marijuana plants from three separate grow operations in Calgary with the first bust being as far back as Nov. 4th. Health officials have condemned the houses used to produce and run the grow operations and police say the value of the homes estimated out to be $2.4 million.
Police say that all three operations were powered with stolen electricity and stolen irrigated water. The first home was raided on Tusslewood Grove N.W. where they found 1,360 marijuana plants. The officers arrested Matthew Ka Man Yip, 29, and charged him with production of marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, theft under $5,000 and theft of electricity.
Authorities then acting upon a Crime Stoppers tip searched a house on Evansdale Way N.W. and found 460 more marijuana plants and 5.1 kilograms of processed marijuana, but no one has been charged for that grow operation. The third seizure was 85 plants inside a home on Deerview Drive S.E. where Frank Andreacci, 39, has been charged with production of marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, theft under $5,000, theft of electricity, and possession of proceeds of crime.
If marijuana was made legal than all three grow operations could have been taxed and regulated where the country would benefit. There would be less crime involving marijuana and less police force wasted.