Major pot bust nets 10-plus arrests

A former mushroom barn near the Aldergrove border crossing proved to conceal a massive marijuana grow operation when police raided it Tuesday.

After a four-week investigation, police descended on the property at 264th Street and Zero Avenue at about 9:20 a.m.

Officers from the Federal Serious & Organized Crime division, along with Langley RCMP, the Vancouver Police Department, and members of the Emergency Response Team, all took part in the investigation, the raid, and its aftermath.

More than 10 people were arrested at the scene, said Sgt. Laurie White, speaking for FSOC.

The 51,000 square foot barn contained a significant amount of marijuana, White said.

“It’s very large, it’s a multi-million dollar operation,” White said.

She could not say exactly how many plants were inside, or if there were any facilities for processing and packaging the marijuana on site.

Police are also not saying yet if they believe the operation is linked to an existing criminal gang.

It will take police some time to examine the entire sizeable building. There are also some outbuildings on the site, including a mobile home and some sheds.

The building has a faded Money’s Mushrooms logo on the side, but it’s unclear how long it has been since the building was used to grow mushrooms.

There were some electrical hazards inside that police had to deal with, due to the powerful grow lights, White said.

Police expected to be busy at the site for several days. Traffic down parts of 264th Street and Zero Avenue was restricted until about 2 p.m., but traffic to and from the border crossing was not affected.

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