Man charged after police discover marijuana grow-op in apartment

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A 20-year-old St. John’s man is facing charges after police seized marijuana plants, processed marijuana and other items associated with the illegal drug trade from his apartment.

Members of the RCMP Federal Operations Team East searched the man’s residence Thursday afternoon and discovered the grow operation.

The RCMP seized seven mature plants, two pounds of dried processed marijuana (equivalent to approximately 2,500 marijuana cigarettes), a marijuana oil extractor, and other chemicals associated to the illegal drug trade.  

The man is facing charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act for the Production and Trafficking of Marijuana.

Police are reminding the public that poor ventilation in some grow operations can lead to a potentially deadly buildup of gas, and can cause respiratory and allergy problems.

Organizations: RCMP

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  • shadowould
    August 12, 2013 - 16:30

    Weed's pretty great, I must say. Get home from work, sore, tired, stressed out, smoke a bowl, feel at peace with life, eat a big healthy meal that tastes palatable thanks to weed-induced food-appreciation increase, spend some time with family feeling warm vibes even around all their annoying habits, head to bed and sleep like a baby. Next day wake up, feel no 'hangover', no 'withdrawal', just feel normal and repeat another lame day at work. You know, this stuff far from not fitting in with our capitalist work-obsessed society, is the ultimate facilitator of even more work.

  • Mad Max
    May 14, 2013 - 14:32

    This is ridiculous, all you people talking about drugs when indeed you consume them every single day. Coffee, Tea, Pop drinks, Tylenol..... (and the list goes on), these are all drugs and if you look at the studies done they all are very harmful on your body. I challenge you all to do some research and look at how marijuana is used in medicine saving lives curing cancer while your at it why don't you research the drugs you are all taking and how they are causing cancer and other health issues. Everyone just OPEN YOUR MIND AND CLOSE YOUR MOUTH until you actually know scientific studies, medical studies, and how it actually influences people before you start throwing rocks.

  • christina spracklin
    May 13, 2013 - 09:40

    I am totally against drugs but the law is going after the wrong people, The ones who is selling to children is what i don't like the most. How many of the people are around schools trying to sell to little kids 8 and 10 year olds. When you are an adult you are able to make your own choices and you are the one who has to pay for it. children don't know the difference but we as adults do or should i say should know.

  • Virginia Waters
    May 11, 2013 - 14:59

    Fourteen American states have decriminalized the possession of pot. Last fall, two more states - Colorado and Washington - voted to legalize it. Bucking that U.S. trend, the Harper Government on the very same day brought in new harsher penalties for marijuana - including a minimum six month sentence for cultivating even a half dozen plants. The Telegram article quotes the RCMP as saying they seized seven plants which would therefore carry a minimum sentence of six months on conviction. Now all of this flies in the face of Canadian public opinion which is clearly in favour of decriminalization or legalization. Unfortunately public opinion doesn't count for much when a judge - handcuffed by these new rules - is staring down at you from the bench. What about electing trial by jury you might ask - is there a chance that someone accused of such a victimless crime could get a break? In theory yes. It would only take one conscientious objector to say no. For that to happen, jury members would have to be aware that they are the ultimate arbiters of innocence or guilt - not what the crown might say at trial, not what the judge might instruct in his charge to the jury, and not what the criminal code or the Harper Government might have to say on the matter. But alas not everyone gets the option of a jury trial. The Canadian constitution only affords a jury trial to anyone charged with an offence that carries a maximum penalty of five years or more. Aware of this, government has cleverly set the maximum penalty for most marijuana offences at five years less a day. There goes your jury trial. But wait - there is some hope for anyone charged with the cultivation of marijuana. The maximum sentence in this instance rises to seven years in prison. Put yourself therefore in the shoes of someone charged with cultivating seven plants. Ostensibly the crown can no longer cut you a plea deal of less than six months. If the trial proceeds and you are convicted, it is highly unlikely the judge would impose anything more than the minimum for so few plants (and assuming there are no other aggravating factors). In other words, you lose nothing by going to court. And if you're really lucky, someone like me might be sitting on your jury. Am I soft on crime? Hardly. Expect no break from me if you are guilty of violence, trafficking in hard drugs, or screwing some old lady out of her life savings. But if your only crime was to grow a few marijuana plants in your own basement, I will sit there in the jury room till the cows come home before I render a decision that will leave you with a criminal record, rob you of your career, or ruin your family life. Nor - for the sake of a few plants - will I send you to a Dickensonian institution from which you are more likely to emerge a career criminal than a reformed, upstanding member of society. And finally, my vote for acquittal would be a message to government from at least one taxpayer that I very much resent the enormous waste of public monies in a failed, futile attempt to stop the use of pot in this country.

    • No
      May 12, 2013 - 00:00

      I guess you smoke. How would you feel if you let the grower go free, he sells to a school bus driver who crashes the bus while driving your son home? It could happen anyway but I would think the risk is higher if he is stoned.

  • doug
    May 11, 2013 - 11:07

    Well marijuana being the EASIEST drug to find as it is bulky and smells skunky, I don't think the law enforcement want to waste their time and resources on hard drugs as they are harder to find.

  • KJK
    May 10, 2013 - 21:29

    Growers, gangs, and police want marijuana to remain illegal. Everyone else just wants to be able to buy it at the store instead of from a drug dealer.

    • No
      May 11, 2013 - 23:53

      Not everyone. We have enough of a problem with alcohol. Do we need everybody to drive stoned? Legalize it and they will. I am sure there are drivers that smoke now, do we need more. How about teachers, surgeons, bus drivers, airplane pilots?? Would you get on a plane with a stoned pilot??

  • Not Black and White
    May 10, 2013 - 21:27

    Face it pot lovers, Canadian majority does not want weed to be common place. The RCMP are paid to enforce such laws and as you can see, have a concern for our safety. Well done Mounties!

    • Mad Max
      May 14, 2013 - 14:24

      "Face it pot lovers, Canadian majority does not want weed to be common place" When was the last study done that states this? Open your mind, not your mouth!

  • da skipper
    May 10, 2013 - 20:46

    OOhhh big bust by'es!!!! nice to see that that it's made the papers as a big event! wow what a great boring BS read... Mean while.,in st john's...

  • NO
    May 10, 2013 - 16:51

    Do we really want to legalize it and see how many will be driving stoned? Look at how many have died from legal alcohol.

    • Mad Max
      May 14, 2013 - 14:22

      What a great comment.... but nobody has ever died from marijuana not even driving so if you think about the 15 million people that smoke it in North America how many do you think drive while stoned how man accidents were caused? that's right zero! open your mind and close your mouth

  • Lynn
    May 10, 2013 - 15:20

    Unlicensed drivers, drunk drivers, drivers texting, just plain stupidity regarding basic things like merging and four-way stops, daylight robbery and the victims wait 18 hours for a cop to show up ... and THIS is what the police are spending their resources on? One puny little grow op? The people of Canada - in poll after poll (and in comment after comment on news sites like this one) have shown their overwhelming support of legalizing and taxing marijuana. Why are police wasting time, money, and energy busting these people when there are far more serious issues to be dealt with here? The RCMP & RNC both need a good swift kick in the common sense.

  • Who Cares
    May 10, 2013 - 15:08

    Great job RNC. There are people dealing meth and coke all over the city and you're busting some kid for growing something harmless. Great job. Now you can all sit around and play softball and talk about how good a job you guys. Bunch of losers.

  • JUST SAYINGQ
    May 10, 2013 - 14:50

    Gerry, I could have said it any better. Right on sport.

    • JC
      May 10, 2013 - 16:30

      Oh my God people are you serious !!! Drugs are drugs not matter how small the amount is !! They all need to be taken off the street and I'm pretty sure you guys wouldn't be complaining about wasting time if this person was selling to your kids or someone in your family and they got hurt huh? Grow up people,the police are doing their job and I certainly don't think it was a waste of time.

  • KVA
    May 10, 2013 - 14:47

    Oh my......this bull has got to stop. Imagine how much time and resource allocaiton went into this "bust." So stupid. It's weed, people...

  • Steve
    May 10, 2013 - 13:30

    Message to law enforcement and the federal government: as a taxpayer, I resent wasting precious resources on non-issues such as this. We're stogging up the courts with this? For what?

  • Gordon Gekko
    May 10, 2013 - 13:03

    Well, I certainly feel a lot safer now. How about instead of wasting police resources on busting pot dealers we direct the efforts towards getting more dangerous or drunk drivers off the roads? Please remind me again of just how many people have died from smoking weed???

  • bob day
    May 10, 2013 - 12:58

    this was small time saying thousands of joints doesnt make it a bigger bust

  • Gerry
    May 10, 2013 - 12:11

    JesusMary&Joseph.....what a waste of valuable time,beaucoup & precious man-power. MJ has been 'illegal' for almost a century....how we making out with that? Legalize it & tax the hell out of it like alcohol & tobacco....