Charges laid following discovery of illegal cannabis grow operation, approximate total value of $790,000: Edmonton Police

Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 39-year-old male and a 34-year-old female in relation to an illegal commercial cannabis grow operation discovered in west Edmonton earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, West Division officers responded to assist with a reported landlord and tenant dispute at a commercial property in the area of 214 Street and 100 Avenue. While on the premises, officers noted evidence of a suspected cannabis grow operation.

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Upon further investigation, officers determined that no permits to grow cannabis had been issued to the tenants or the property and, with the assistance of the EPS Clandestine Laboratory Unit, a search warrant was executed at the address. In total, more than 640 cannabis plants and associated growing equipment was seized with an approximate total value of $790,000.

“The size and industrial nature of the operation caused thousands of dollars of damage through make-shift alterations to the property,” says Staff Sergeant Jared Hrycun with EPS West Division.

“This is the largest illegal cannabis grow operation discovered by the EPS in Edmonton since legalization.

“Illicit operations such as these subvert safeguards put in place by the government to protect producers, distributors and consumers while jeopardizing the reputation of the legitimate industry.”

On Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, Frederick Scott Vaisnis, 39, and Alice Brenda Vaisnis, 34, were arrested and charged under the Cannabis Act with individual possess more than four Cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering, possession of cannabis for the purpose of unauthorized distribution, cultivation of cannabis plant in a place that is not their dwelling house and possession of equipment with intent to use to produce, sell, or distribute illicit cannabis.

The accused’s have since been released on an undertaking and are expected in court on Mar. 18, 2021.

Edmonton Police Service

MRU #: 21R016

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