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RCMP crack down on marijuana grow-ops

A 47-year-old Revelstoke man is facing charges of production and possession of a controlled substance. Police executed a search warrant on the accused’s residence on July 21.

“The search of the man’s house in the 300 block of West Second Street revealed a small scale marijuana operation,” said RCMP Cpl Rod Wiebe in a prepared release. “Plants in all stages of growth were located and police seized over 40 plants along with the related grow equipment.”

The male is scheduled to appear in Revelstoke Provincial Court on Sept. 3.

In an unrelated incident, on July 11 police executed a search warrant in the 1100 block of East Fourth Street and located what they believed to be a dismantled marijuana production operation.

“Upon execution of the warrant, marijuana plants in various stages of growth were located at different locations on the property along with equipment used for growing it,” said Wiebe.

More than 80 plants were seized.

A 47-year-old Revelstoke woman is scheduled to appear in Revelstoke provincial court on Sept. 3 on charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.

“The investigation is continuing which may lead to charges being recommended on other individuals,” said Wiebe.

Any one with information on these, or any other crimes, can contact the Revelstoke RCMP detachment at 250-837-5255. Or, to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com.

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The Revelstoke and Kamloops Integrated Road Safety Unit and the Revelstoke Traffic Unit recently partnered with the B.C. Ministry of Transportation Commercial Vehicle Safety to conduct a three-day road check on Hwy 1 at Revelstoke and Sicamous.

The road check concentrated on commercial bus safety and compliance. A total of 24 commercial buses were inspected. Of the buses inspected 16 were found to have minor defects and another two buses ere taken out of service with major defects such as: fuel leaks or inadequate brakes.

In addition to the concentration on comercial bus safety and compliance, the road check also targeted commercial and private vehicles for Motor Vehicle Act violations.

Over the three day period in which the road check took place a total of 3000 vehicles were checked with numerous violation tickets issued.

Charges included: 67 speeding, three excessive speeding, 10 commercial vehicle speeding, six commercial vehicle log books, one commercial vehicle insecure load, 19 level one inspections, five level two inspectios, 34 seatbelt, 15 defective motor vehicle, six no drivers license and driving contrary to restrictions, three disobey traffic control stop (failing to stop at brake check), one cross double solid line, one intersection, 48 notice and orders for various violations, minor vehicle defects, speeding, three no insurance, one prohibited driver, one vehicle impound and one criminal. There were also two marijuana drug seizures.

“We will continue to conduct road checks throughout the year to enforce the provincial traffic laws and target unsafe commercial and private vehicles,” cpl. C.J. Joseph of the Revelstoke Inegrated Traffic Unit. said in a prepared release

“ These types of road checks help us take the unsafe vehicles off of our road ways . We are dedicated to reducing injury and fatalities on our roadways.”

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