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PoCo man arrested in Burns Lake bust

Police seized several rifles and more than 20 lbs of marijuana at a grow operation in Burns Lake, B.C. A PoCo man was arrested along with three others. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
Police seized several rifles and more than 20 lbs of marijuana at a grow operation in Burns Lake, B.C. A PoCo man was arrested along with three others.
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A Port Coquitlam man is facing charges after 20 lbs of marijuana and several improperly stored rifles were seized from a rural property approximately 25-km east of Burns Lake.

An elaborate marijuana grow operation had been setup in an outbuilding on the property and investigators said most of the pot was harvested and readied for distribution before police arrived. Police seized the drugs, guns, ammunition and equipment used to grow the marijuana.

The 41-year-old PoCo man was arrested along with four others, including a two people from Mission and a 24-year-old from Smithers.

Police believe that at least three of the accused lived in a residence located adjacent to the outbuilding.

All four accused are have been released from police custody and are expected to appear in provincial court in Burns Lake on Feb. 3, 2012.

The RCMP is recommending charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and production of cannabis marijuana.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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