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First ‘grow-op on wheels’ in Alberta discovered

WATCH ABOVE: Police are looking for a 37-year-old man, wanted in connection with what’s believed to be the first marijuana grow-op on wheels in the province. Shallima Maharaj has the details. 

EDMONTON — Move over Walter White. A converted semi-trailer containing more than 150 marijuana plants was found in Edmonton.

Alberta Law Enforcement Teams (ALERT) say it is believed to be the first case of its kind in the province.

The plants were seized from the semi-trailer parked inside a west Edmonton warehouse.  The trailer was outfitted with electrical lighting, ventilation, a carbon dioxide generator and a self-watering system.

Each individual plant is capable of yielding between 4-10 ounces of marijuana in a four-month cycle, ALERT says. A total of 559 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $670,000, were removed.

Black mould was seen throughout the trailer and water run-off, containing fertilizers and chemicals, was being drained into the warehouse. Remediation costs for the warehouse are expected to exceed $20,000.

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Jan Michael Dumas, 37, is wanted on charges of production of marihuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and criminal mischief.
Jan Michael Dumas, 37, is wanted on charges of production of marihuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and criminal mischief. Courtesy: ALERT

Jan Michael Dumas, 37, is wanted on charges of production of marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and criminal mischief.

ALERT’s Green Team dismantled the grow-op on April 28.

This is the first time ALERT’s Green Team has encountered this type of grow-op trailer. However, similar operations have been reported in British Columbia.