UPDATE: Several people arrested at grow-op in Langley, government plans to seize property
UPDATE, Thursday, Jan.29: The B.C. government is going after a Langley property where police found thousands of marijuana plants earlier this week. The B.C. director of civil forfeiture has launched a lawsuit to seize the seven-acre property.
VANCOUVER – RCMP say at least 10 people have been arrested at the site of a grow-op in Langley.
There is a federal organized crime investigation underway at the site on Zero Avenue and 264 Street in Langley, which is very close to the U.S. border.
Sgt. Laurie White with the Langley RCMP and the Federal Serious and Organized Crime Unit says the property is on seven acres, with a large barn.
“The building of interest is approximately is 51,000 square feet so it’s quite a large barn,” says White.
“The teams are still in there so we are not entirely sure yet what we’re dealing with or how large this grow operation might be.”
The investigation into this property started about a month ago and investigators took a few weeks to gather a warrant.
Once on the property, police say they found thousands of plants in the barn.
Nearly a decade ago, police discovered a cross-border tunnel in the same area. Police say that there is no indication that the current case involves a tunnel.
Police say they believe the grow-up has existed for at least several years. No word yet on any charges.
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