Half a million $ grow op dismantled

Twall Lake area nountainside

RCMP discovered a marijuana grow operation in the Twall Lake area and seized hundreds of plants and equipment.

On July 19 just before noon, officers in an RCMP helicopter flying from Kelowna to Lillooet  noticed the outdoor grow-op on a mountainside by Venables Valley.

Ashcroft RCMP attended the site, which was only accessible by foot, and seized 665 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, as well as equipment that included water barrels and an elaborate drip irrigation system. Fully grown, the plants would have a street value of half a million dollars.

The location provided an unobstructed view in every direction, and there was no one there when police arrived. Ashcroft RCMP say they will be stepping up their searches in the local area for grow ops.