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Cochrane RCMP bust multi-million dollar grow operation

On May 10, Cochrane RCMP and other police teams executed a search warrant on a residence in Monterra on Cochrane Lakes, just north of Cochrane.

On May 10, Cochrane RCMP and other police teams executed a search warrant on a residence in Monterra on Cochrane Lakes, just north of Cochrane.

More than 1,900 marijuana plants were seized, as well as all the equipment and products used to grow the marijuana. It is estimated the street value of these plants would have been more than $2.4 million. One person was arrested and is facing numerous charges including production of marijuana, possession of marijuana and theft of power and water.

On the evening of May 6, police responded to a fight in the parking lot of a Chestermere establishment. While a large group of patrons was in the parking lot, a man in his early 20s assaulted two people. Police arrived and arrested the man, but before police left the scene, more fights broke out, resulting in the arrest of another individual.

Police say several people recorded the events on their cell phones. Police are asking anyone who has cell phone video to contact them to aid in the investigation.

“RCMP would like to remind patrons of local establishments that fighting in public is against the law and is not acceptable behaviour,” said Cpl. Dave Friend of the Chestermere RCMP. “Police will take action to prevent repeat incidents by laying appropriate charges.”

On May 7 at about 5:20 p.m., Cochrane RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover on Highway 1, just west of Highway 22.

A Jeep towing a trailer was in the westbound lane when it rolled and crossed over the centre median. Both the east and westbound lanes of Highway 1 were shut down for about 45 minutes because of leaking propane tanks that were inside the trailer. The driver and passenger of the Jeep sustained minor injuries and were treated and released on scene.

On May 5, Cochrane RCMP responded to several break and enters that occurred overnight inside the Spray Lake Sawmills Sports Centre. Three businesses in the sports centre were broken into and various items and cash were stolen. The businesses that were hit include Cochrane Martial Arts, Cochrane Sports Physio and Massage Clinic and the concession area. These offences are still under investigation by the Cochrane RCMP.

Vandalism of day care

Community Child Care, located in the school grounds of Rainbow Creek Elementary in Chestermere, has been vandalized twice in the last month. Windows have been broken causing hundreds of dollars in damage.

On May 12 at 5:40 p.m., two unregistered dirt bikes were seen driving northbound on West Chestermere Drive near Merganser Drive. They were clocked by photo radar doing 107 km/h in a 40 km/h speed zone.

Chestermere RCMP regularly responds to calls of off-highway vehicles being operated within town limits, said Cpl. Dave Friend.

“Police would like to remind local residents that reports of off-highway vehicles in town will be investigated and charges may be laid,” said Friend.

“It is illegal to operate an off-highway vehicle within town limits.”

RCMP and the photo radar company, Global Traffic, are working together to further the investigation into the reckless driving of the dirt bikes and are asking the public for tips on the identity of the dirt bike riders.

If you have information on any unsolved crime, contact your local RCMP detachment or Crime Stoppers, toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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