Clock-radio snitches on marijuana grow-op

By Robert Frank

Laval police were called to a duplex at
85 Pontmain at 1 a.m., Oct. 24, after
neighbours complained of blaring music.

“We dispatched a police car to the
scene,” recalled Const. Franco di Genova.
“The police officers went upstairs and
knocked on the door, but there was no

“After knocking again, nothing happened, so they went to the back door, with
the same result: nobody answered.”

Police officers then sought and
obtained permission to involve a locksmith, who opened the door.

When they entered, they turned on the
lights and turned off the music and discovered a marijuana grow operation.

“The whole upper flat had been transformed with a light system, ventilation
and water pumps,” Const. di Genova
explained. “It was expensive, high-quality
hydroponic equipment, incubating 300-
400 marijuana plants in various stages of

He added that a single, mature marijuana plant is worth about $1,000.

“No one was inside,” he continued.
“Hardly any furniture; no beds. No signs
of meal preparation. Every room on the
second floor had been converted. It was a
grow op from wall-to-wall.”

Drug squad detectives obtained a
search warrant and seized all equipment and plants on the premises and are currently on the lookout for the individual
who leased the flat.

And the raucous music that tipped off

“It came from an AM/FM clock radio,”
said Const. di Genova. “The alarm was
misprogrammed to go off at 1 a.m. ,
rather than 7 a.m., and the volume was
set to maximum.”

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