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Monday, March 04, 2013

Kids home alone in suspected Alberta grow-op



CALGARY -- Drug-related charges have been laid in the discovery of an alleged grow-op where two kids were found alone.Insp. Rick Tuza said a male and female have been charged in the suspected illegal marijuana grow-op discovered in Erin Woods Saturday, when police went to the home for a 911 hang-up.
When the line was disconnected, police were dispatched to the house and found two kids, aged 10 and 12, and the alleged grow-op.
The youngsters were taken away by child welfare workers while police looked for their parents.
Tuza could not identify the people charged Saturday night, but said they were the occupants of the house.
"Adults responsible for the residence were charged in relation to the marijuana grow," he said. "The investigation is continuing into the care of the children."
Tuza said the fact children were found in the alleged operation is simply sad.
"It's really unfortunate that children are drawn into that kind of situation where their health and welfare is being put at risk," he said.

"It's sad."

In 2009, more than 100 kids were taken from their families under the provincial Drug-endangered Children Act, which went into effect in 2006 and give authorities power to rescue children living in homes with drug activity.
From April to October 2012, Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams executed 54 search warrants, seizing 26,136 plants in southern Alberta, pegged at about $32 million in street value.

KATIE SCHNEIDER | QMI AGENCY
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