Man facing charges after Castlegar cops bust grow-op

RCMP search of 22-year-old man's home revealed a marijiana grow operation and an indication of firearms.

A 22-year-old man is facing potential jail time, following a search of a home in downtown Castlegar Monday that revealed a marijuana growing operation and firearms.

The Castlegar RCMP with assistance from the Kootenay Boundary Regional’s General Investigative Section (GIS) executed a search of a residence after obtaining information on a grow-op and an indication of firearms.

“Once the warrant was obtained, a team of police officers from the Castlegar Detachment and the GIS attended the home and were able to conduct a safe and thorough search of the home that resulted in the locating of actively growing marijuana plants, a significant amount of dried marijuana, cash and firearms,” noted RCMP Cpl. Dave Johnson in a news release.

One man was taken into custody but has been released on conditions that include attending court in December. He is facing charges of production of a controlled substance and possession of a substance for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of a prohibited firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm.

“The RCMP across the Kootenay Boundary area are always working hard to keep their communities safe,” added Johnson. “Information provided by citizens living in the community go a long way to ensuring their community stays the safe place we all enjoy to live in.”