Marijuana grow-op busted, 47-year-old facing charges 

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The Whistler RCMP executed a search warrant at a residence on the 8300 block of Valley Drive on Aug. 6 after an investigation into a suspected unlicensed marijuana grow operation. The RCMP entered the property and seized 167 mature marijuana plants from the bottom floor, plus roughly 170 clones.

Whistler Fire Rescue Services was called to evaluate the property, and they issued a no occupancy notice until the house can be inspected. The police found a sophisticated operation with lights, fans, irrigation and other systems in place.

The resident of the property, a 47-year-old Whistler male with no prior arrests of consequence, is facing charges of production of a controlled substance, and will make his first court appearance on Oct. 16.

Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP said the arrest was highly unusual.

"We're more familiar with outdoor marijuana grow operations, so it's not that common to Whistler," he said. "We've seen small ones, someone growing a plant or to, but we haven't anything more significant."

man catches impaired car thief

At 4 a.m. on Aug. 7, the Pemberton RCMP received a call from the 1400 block of Balsam Street regarding a homeowner who had stopped a man attempting to steal his vehicle.

The male heard the garage door open and saw lights and went to investigate. When he saw the suspect behind the wheel of his truck, he removed the individual and held him to the ground until the police could arrive.

The suspect male was heavily intoxicated to the point where he had urinated on himself. He was reportedly with two friends that ran off as the police arrived.

The suspect, an 18-year-old male from Mt. Currie, was held in cells until sober and released on an undertaking while the RCMP considers charges.

pedestrian struck by vehicle

At 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 11 the Whistler RCMP received a report of a pedestrian hit by a truck in the village, and attended along with Whistler Fire Rescue and paramedics.

According to the RCMP, the driver of the vehicle was heading southbound on Northlands Boulevard and was turning left onto Village Gate when he hit a pedestrian crossing the road with the corner of the vehicle. The victim was transported to the Whistler Health Care Centre and then sent to Lions Gate Hospital with suspected internal bleeding.

Alcohol and drugs were not a factor, but the driver was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The victim was a 47-year old woman and driver was a 36-year-old male, both from Whistler.

RCMP investigating possible sex assault

The RCMP is investigating a possible sex assault after a woman attended the detachment just before 3 a.m. on Aug. 12. The previous evening the 27-year-old Whistler female admitted using cocaine, MDMA (Ecstasy), marijuana and alcohol with friends before going into the village. She has no memories after that point and woke up in her own bed at 9 a.m. with some text messages from a male she doesn't know.

The RCMP took her to the Whistler Health Care Centre for a Sex Assault Nurse Exam (SANE) while the police made contact with the male. The investigation is ongoing, with the police seeking witnesses and surveillance video from the evening.

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