Grow-op bust turns up $1.3M worth of marijuana
Officers raided two properties in the RM of Alonsa and seized $1.3 million worth of marijuana. (image provided by Winnipeg RCMP)
Published Friday, August 10, 2012 10:18AM CST
Last Updated Friday, August 10, 2012 2:15PM CST
After a three-month investigation, RCMP have made a major drug bust in the RM of Alonsa.
Officers seized over 900 marijuana plants in two busts near Cayer and Crane River, RCMP said.
On Aug. 8 officers raided two properties. On a property in Crane River officers found a grow-op with 204 marijuana plants and 14 guns, RCMP said.
A 49-year-old man and a 48-year-old woman from the RM of Alonsa are now facing drugs and weapons charges in connection with the bust.
In the Cayer area raid, officers seized 725 marijuana plants, one gun and nine kilograms if processed marijuana, RCMP said.
A 55-year-old from Cayer and a 26-year-old from Winnipeg are now facing drugs and weapons charges in connection with the seizure, RCMP said. In addition, Michael John McKinnon, 42, has been charged with growing marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
RCMP said the total value of all the drugs seized in the bust is about $1.3 million.
The raid, seizure and charges came after a three month investigation that spanned multiple departments across provinces including the RCMP Winnipeg Drug Section and emergency response teams from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
McKinnon is scheduled to appear in a Dauphin court on Aug. 14. All others charged in the case will appear in court in October.