On December 17th, at about 4pm, a witness called Saanich Police about two suspicious looking males at the back of a residence in the 800 block of Seven Oaks rd.
Upon arriving, Patrol officers surrounded the premises and detached garage. A male was observed exiting the garage and was quickly arrested.
There was no sign of a second person so as officers went to enter the garage, they smelled an overwhelming odour of marihuana and noticed an immediate electrical hazard. Officers backed off and contained the structure from the exterior.
After calling from the outside and banging on the garage doors, a second person finally exited and was arrested.
Given the observation of officers at the scene, a search warrant application was submitted and granted.
In the early morning hours of December 18th, Saanich Police officers executed a search warrant on the garage of the residence. Found inside was a significant and sophisticated marihuana grow operation.
A total of 534 plants and the related equipment was removed.
Arrested were a 38 year old male and a 36 year old female, both Saanich residents. Both were released on a Promise to Appear in court in the new year. Charges of Production of a Controlled Substance contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are pending.