Brothers busted in Slocan Valley grow-ops

Two brothers are facing charges after being arrested this month at neighbouring marijuana grow-ops near Winlaw.

Police busted a pair of grow-ops in the Slocan Valley this month

Two brothers are facing charges after being arrested this month at neighbouring marijuana grow-ops near Winlaw.

RCMP say officers from the Nakusp, Slocan Lake, and Castlegar detachments executed a search warrant, assisted by members of the general investigation and forensic identification sections.

They found an active grow-op in an outbuilding and seized about 400 plants in various stages of growth. One man was arrested at the scene.

A search of the home turned up a small amount of harvested bud as well as an improperly stored 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition, which was later determined to have been stolen from Alberta.

The suspect is expected to face charges of production and possession for the purpose of trafficking, unauthorized possession and unsafe storage of a firearm, as well as possession of stolen property.

During the investigation, police say they learned another grow-op might be on a neighbouring property, owned by the initial suspect’s brother.

The brother was located and arrested, along with another man.

A search warrant was obtained an an active grow-op discovered in an outbuilding on the second property.

In the home, police also found evidence of an extraction lab used to produced cannabis resin and seized a small amount of harvested bud.

Another home on the property was found to contain harvested marijuana and a large amount of cash.

Police are recommending production charges against the second man.

The suspects were released on a promise to appear in court on March 27.

Police say the busts were the result of a tip from the public.