Police search Avola grow-op

A total of 630 marijuana plants seized and a 60-year-old man charged

Clearwater RCMP report that on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:30 a.m., members of the Clearwater detachment executed simultaneous search warrants on two properties in Avola.

Once on the properties, members located a marijuana grow operation in an outbuilding and a number of seedling plants growing in the basement of the residence.

As a result of the search warrant, 630 marijuana plants were seized. In addition to the marijuana grow operation, BC Hydro attended and found evidence of tampering of a hydro meter. The meter was seized and will be analyzed. Charges of stealing electricity are still under investigation.

A 60-year-old male was arrested at the scene and faces charges of production of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to appear in Clearwater Provincial Court in June.

This matter is still under investigation.