Keremeos police seized over 500 illegal cannabis plants worth more than $200,000 from a property in Cawston on Tuesday. (Contributed)

Keremeos police seized over 500 illegal cannabis plants worth more than $200,000 from a property in Cawston on Tuesday. (Contributed)

RCMP seize over 500 cannabis plants worth $200,000 from Cawston property

Mature cannabis plants were planted outside and in greenhouses

Keremeos police seized over 500 illegal cannabis plants worth more than $200,000 from a property in Cawston last week.

Cpl. Brian Evans of the Keremeos RCMP said local police, with help from Penticton South Okanagan-Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment, executed a search warrant at a location on VLA Road on Sept. 24 at around 9:30 a.m.

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“For this area, that’s a fairly large size operation,” Evans said, explaining that seizures of this size are not common.

“We get complaints about some grow operations, some smaller ones, and we look into it and they are authorized and are generally for medical purposes so we don’t take any enforcement action on those and that wasn’t the case on this one,” he added.

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One person was at the site at the time of the search but is not in custody, Evans added. The plants were planted outdoors and in a couple of greenhouses, he said.

The police investigation is ongoing to determine appropriate charges and who else may be involved.

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