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RCMP bust 'sophisticated' grow operation in Salmo; NCP stop suicide attempt

Around 250 marijuana plants were seized by RCMP from two “sophisticated” grow operations in Salmo on Thursday.

The investigation into the property began following a traffic stop in May of 2011 in which 21 marihuana plants and several pounds of marihuana were seized from two adult men in the Salmo area.

Members of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services, West Kootenay Integrated

Safety Unit, Salmo RCMP, KBRD General Investigation Section and RCMP Police Dog Service executed the search warrant on two properties in the 4000 block of Erie Ross Spur Road in Salmo.

“Three homes on the properties were searched and two sophisticated marihuana grow operations were discovered and dismantled,” said Sgt. Derrick Donovan, NCO of West Kootenay Traffic Services.

Also seized during the search was an improperly stored firearm and several other weapons. Two men were taken into custody and the investigation is ongoing.

The 250 marijuana plants were in various stages of growth in the grow operation, and several pounds of dried marijuana in the building was also seized.

Police are recommending charges against these men who will appear in Court at Nelson in July of 2011.

Not good Friday

Friday wasn’t a good day for one Nelson man as he threatened to jump from the public wharf near the Prestige Lakeside Resort on Nelson’s waterfront.

While the man threatened suicide around 11 a.m., two people tried to comfort the distraught man as Nelson Police arrived on the scene.

“However, he suddenly made for the railing and attempted to throw himself over,” said NPD Sgt. Steve Bank.

A police officer intervened and, with the help of the citizens, was able to pull the man back over the railing to safety.

He was then transported to hospital for treatment. The police officer also needed medical treatment as he injured his knee during the incident.

Scared by the alarm

A break and enter on Saturday morning at Mt. Saint Francis was thwarted by the alarm system installed in the building.

Police had responded to the audible alarm around 4 a.m. on Saturday, finding a window has been broken and the building entered.

“The suspects appeared to have been scared away by the alarm as there was no further damage or property stolen,” said Sgt. Bank.

The incident is still under investigation

They will get their culprit

A break and enter Saturday night at the Academy of Classic Oriental Sciences on Vernon Street resulted in severe damage to the interior of the school, but no property was stolen.

“Significant trace evidence was found at the scene and we are confident the culprits will be identified,” said Sgt. Bank.

The investigation is ongoing.