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RCMP post grow-op addresses on web

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A new page has been launched on the RCMP's website listing the locations of marijuana grow operations or illegal drug labs that were dismantled by Mounties under a search warrant, including nine in Burnaby.

The RCMP plans to continually update the list and provide resources for landlords and property buyers to deal with the damage such operations cause.

“Property insurance is not designed to cover the destruction and loss resulting from an illegal marihuana grow operation," said Ralph Palumbo, Ontario vice president of the Insurance Bureau of Canada in a press release. "It is not an accident or a random act of violence, like a break-in or damage caused by a storm.”

Realtors believe homebuyers should be able to determine whether a house for sale has been used for a grow-op in the past, said Gary Morse, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association in a press release.

"The structural integrity and inhabitability of such houses may be compromised and prospective buyers need to know that costly remediation may be needed to correct health and safety issues.”

In Burnaby, the properties listed include a warehouse at 7033 MacPherson Ave. where a grow-op was busted in January. Burnaby RCMP found 1,298 marijuana plants there inside four 2-ton transport trucks which were stored inside the warehouse.

Other Burnaby addresses listed, where grow-ops have been found since December 2010, include homes at 6084 Marine Dr. (140 marijuana plants), 128 Glynde Ave. (38 plants), 3765 Wakefield Court (633 plants), 6875 Burlington Ave. (18 plants), 3063 Astor Dr. (476 plants), 6537 Portland St. (592 plants), 1633 Taralawn Court (538 plants) and 4330 Charles St. (152 plants).

Anyone with information about a grow-op in their neighbourhood can call CrimeStoppers, and remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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