Thieves rip off marijuana grow op

Laval police dossier: head-on collisions, midnight fusillade
By Robert Frank

Laval police intervened in a case of crooks vs. crooks, Nov. 1, after Vimont-Auteuil district residents phoned 911 at 4:45 p.m. to report that two suspects were breaking into a residence on Paradis Street.

“Before peace officers arrived on the scene, they witnessed the suspects leaving, carrying marijuana plants,” Const. Franco di Genova told The Suburban in an interview.

“Because the house had to be secured in the wake of the breaking and entering crime, officers had to enter the premises, where they found about 100 mature marijuana plants, worth $1,000 each,” Const. di Genova explained, “as well as $30,000-$50,000 worth of hydroponic equipment and plant-growth light fixtures.”

“The Laval police drug squad subsequently obtained warrants to seize everything,” he added.

Two deadly head-on collisions

A 26-year-old died from injuries that he suffered during a collision at 3:30 a.m., Nov. 10, after his minivan strayed from its lane on Marcel Villeneuve Boulevard and struck an eastbound Nissan Sentra, head- on.

The Sentra’s 30-year-old driver remains in Sacré Cœur Hospital, with multiple fractures and serious internal injuries.

“Police are investigating whether this fatal collision might have been caused by excessive speed and consumption of alcohol,” said Const. di Genova.

Then, at 4 a.m., Nov. 18, a 2000 Honda Civic carrying four youths left the eastbound lane of Ste. Rose Boulevard, about one kilometer west of Highway 15.

“It struck a 17-year-old driving a motor scooter and came to a stop 200 feet down the road,” Const. di Genova reported. “An Urgences Santé doctor declared the teen dead on the scene.”

“The driver of the car, 21, and a teenaged passenger we taken by ambulance to hospital, where they were treated for shock and released,” he continued. “The driver was charged with criminal negligence causing death.”

“Alcohol was not a factor,” Const. di Genova added, “however, everything else will be looked into.”

Police will continue their investigation during coming weeks before they report their findings to Crown prosecutors, who will then determine whether or not to amend the accusation.”

Attempted murder?

Near midnight, Nov. 19, residents called 911 to report that they had heard gunshots at 417 Étienne Lavois, in Sainte Dorothée.

“The first officers to arrive on the scene noticed several bullet holes in the window of a condominium on the main floor,” said Const. di Genova. “After no one answered the doorbell, they kicked the door in and found no one inside.”

Police subsequently located the 26-year-old owner of the premises and, at the time when this week’s edition of The Suburban went to press, investigators were in the midst of interviewing her about the incident.

“She is not known to us and there is nothing extraordinary about her,” assured Const. di Genova. “Investigators will be looking into whether it might be a case of a mistaken address.”

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