On July 16, officials from the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team's Green Team and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shut down a marijuana growing operation near Millet. As a result of the raid, a 22-year-old Wetaskiwin man has been charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and production. The investigation is reportedly ongoing and may lead to additional charges and other individuals being taken into custody.
According to officers, the investigation into the grow-op site began after an anonymous tipster reported it to Crime Stoppers. Although the land was designated as a legal medicinal marijuana grow-op site, officers allegedly discovered almost double the amount of plants authorized to be grown under Health Canada's medicinal marijuana rules. Police seized the 372 marijuana plants and growing equipment they found during the operation. The plants are reportedly valued at $445,000.