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Updated: 6th January 2019 10:46

$2M in marijuana seized in grow-op bust west of Edmonton

Alberta's drug enforcement team seized $2 million in marijuana after raiding a sophisticated grow-op in Round Lake, Alta., 500 kilometres north of Edmonton.

Second investigation uncovers 5 connected grow-ops in north Edmonton

Alberta's drug enforcement team seized $2 million in marijuana after raiding a sophisticated grow-op in Round Lake, Alta., 500 kilometres north of Edmonton.

A sophisticated grow-op busted by police west of Edmonton housed 2,233 marijuana plants. (ALERT)

The northern Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team found 2,233 marijuana plants from a quonset hut redeveloped into a two-story grow operation and arrested two people.

 The operation had 81 high-intensity lights and 10 commercial forced-air furnaces with cooling units to regulate the temperature.

The operation was powered by two industrial generators fueled by a natural gas bypass that ran underground for hundreds of metres.

The generators were concealed inside outbuildings framed with several walls of insulation and drywall to suppress the sound.

Police seized $125,000 in growing equipment, a vehicle and a skid steer.   

Three people aged 31, 32 and 43, face charges of producing marijuana, trafficking and theft of natural gas.

An unrelated ALERT investigation led to a bust last week of five properties in north Edmonton, all of which housed marijuana grow operations, seizing plants with an estimated value of $500,000 if sold on the street.

Three men were arrested, with charges pending against two women.

ALERT is an initiative funded by the province to tackle organized crime.

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