$4 million grow-op discovered in Stettler: one of Alberta’s largest

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams removed 3,284 plants, worth an estimated value of nearly $4 million on the street, from one of the the largest indoor marijuana grow-operation ever discovered in Alberta. Supplied

CALGARY – Police have dismantled a massive indoor marijuana grow-operation – one of the largest ever discovered in the province’s history – in the central Alberta community of Stettler.

Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) removed 3,284 plants, worth an estimated value of nearly $4 million on the street.

“This ranks among some of the top five we have seen in the province,” said S/Sgt. Keith Hurley, with the ALERT Green Team.  “This was a very large-scale operation that would have provided significant funding towards organized crime.”

The Green Team is made up of Calgary Police and RCMP officers.

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Investigators found the grow op inside a barn at a rural Stettler home off Highway 12, along with three kilograms of dried bud that had been harvested recently.

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The three-stage operation was powered by an industrial-sized generator.

Police also seized two pickup trucks believed to be used for smuggling drugs, which had hidden compartments located in the slip tanks.

Kin Wa Au Yeung, a 53-year-old man, and Dan Wang, a 35-year-old woman, were arrested in the home. They are facing charges relating to drug trafficking and illegal production.

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The drugs were meant for recreational, not medical use, Hurley added.

Neither of the accused possessed a valid Health Canada licence to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes.

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The next-largest seizure of plants in Alberta from an indoor grow op happened in December 2012, when ALERT seized 2,233 plants from a home west of Edmonton in Parkland County.

The biggest outdoor grow op ALERT has dismantled involved 3,854 plants seized in Drumheller in August 2010.

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To report a suspected marijuana grow operation in your community, you’re asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

You can find information on how to spot a marihuana grow operation on ALERT’s website.

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