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Police Notebook: Airdrie RCMP bust large marijuana growing operation

Airdrie RCMP seized 661 marijuana plants, worth about $826,250 and arrested two people on Nov. 25. At about 9:40 p.m., the police executed a search warrant in the Morningside neighbourhood.
Airdrie RCMP seized more than 650 marijuana plants from a house in Morningside, Nov. 25. It was their fourth major bust in two months.
Airdrie RCMP seized more than 650 marijuana plants from a house in Morningside, Nov. 25. It was their fourth major bust in two months.

Airdrie RCMP seized 661 marijuana plants, worth about $826,250 and arrested two people on Nov. 25.

At about 9:40 p.m., the police executed a search warrant in the Morningside neighbourhood.

RCMP entered the house and found the marijuana grow operation.

Two men seen leaving the residence were arrested in a controlled traffic stop a short distance from the residence.

Huu Phoing, a 55-year-old from Calgary and Kim Dieu Luu, a 53-year-old from Calgary were arrested without incident. The two men face charges of production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The grow operation took up the entire basement of the residence with varying ages of plants, as well as a bedroom in the upper floor.

There were no injuries to the suspects or law enforcement during the execution of this warrant.

On Nov. 22 at about 2:20 p.m., the Airdrie RCMP received a complaint of a man attempting to make purchases at Visions Electronics with a fraudulently obtained line of credit.

Visions employees contacted police to advise that the man had entered the store several days prior to purchase an item on a line of credit for $7,000.

He made some purchases but when the suspect returned and attempted to make a second purchase with the line of credit, employees notified police.

RCMP arrested 21-year-old Emanuel Amha, a resident of Montreal, Quebec, for fraud under $5,000.

Police recovered multiple counterfeit driver’s licence and Social Insurance Number cards with various fake and fraudulent credit cards.

Amha obtained a line of credit at the business with a false identity and bought about $4,000-worth of merchandise. Amha was remanded in custody.

The incident is still under investigation.

On Nov. 27, a Good Samaritan attended the front counter at the Airdrie RCMP detachment with a wallet she found.

The 46-year-old woman from Trochu found the wallet, containing $450 and various other forms of identification, at Walmart.

The woman turned the wallet and all the cash into the RCMP where the owner, an 18-year-old Airdrie woman, picked it up.

The owner was extremely grateful and advised that nothing was missing from the wallet.

She intended to use the large amount of money for her rent.

Between Nov. 22 and Nov. 26, an unknown suspect entered the United Farmers Association storage yard and stole a “Wheat Heart” post pounder valued at $14,000.

The post pounder is described as dark red, six feet wide, eight to 10 feet long and weighing about one ton.

It also has a 13.5 horsepower Honda engine attached. There was a large number “3” painted in yellow on the side of the machine.

The entire unit was on wheels and had to be moved by a medium-sized truck.

If you have information on any unsolved crime, contact the Airdrie RCMP at 403-945-7200 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimestoppers.ab.ca


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