Marijuana grow operation busted in Airdrie


An illegal marijuana grow operation in Airdrie was dismantled Sept. 9 after Airdrie RCMP officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Williamstown.

Officers seized 23 marijuana plants and the homeowner – a 34-year-old Airdrie man – was charged with possession of a controlled substance and production of a controlled substance.

Two children were living at the residence and the man was also charged with causing a child to be drug endangered. Airdrie RCMP Constable Jennifer Weedmark declined to comment on why an additional drug endangerment charge was not laid for the second child.

Weedmark said the name of the accused would not be released in order to protect the identity of the children.

She also declined to say whether or not the children were related to the accused or when he’s scheduled to appear in court.

Weedmark said there were other people in the home when officers executed the search warrant.

The Southern Alberta ALERT team assisted Airdrie RCMP in the investigation and in dismantling the operation.

Airdrie RCMP officers arrested three people Sept. 16 following a string of thefts and property crimes across southern Alberta.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cole Mclean of High River, 32-year-old Derek Mumford of Blairmore and 23-year-old Paige Rist of Calgary were arrested at a hotel in Airdrie and charged with possession of stolen property.

“They had a vehicle that was stolen and then they had stolen property in the vehicle from random car prowlings, break and enters,” Weedmark said.

“There was quite a bit of stolen property found in the vehicle. There was drug paraphernalia, there was licence plates, tools, those sorts of things.”

She said all three accused were also charged on outstanding warrants, but declined to say what the warrants were for.

“We received information that they were staying at a local hotel and then our units made an operations plan and executed an arrest,” Weedmark said.

Okotoks RCMP assisted with the investigation, which began Sept. 7.


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