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Old 04-15-2007, 07:57 PM
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Default Vancouver firefighter arrested over home grow op

CTV.ca News Staff

A Vancouver firefighter has been placed on administrative leave after police raided his home over an alleged marijuana grow op.

"This member is 44 years of age and has been with the department for 24 years," Rob Jones-Cook, a Vancouver fire department spokesman, told CTV British Columbia about Randall Jones.

The firefighter's home is across from an elementary school in the Vancouver suburb of Delta. He lives there with his wife and three young sons.

On Thursday, Delta police executed a search warrant and arrested Jones.

In the basement of the home, they allegedly found a marijuana grow op consisting of 380 plants.

The estimated street value of that quantity of drug is $140,000.

"It's certainly our opinion in this case that this is not a personal use situation," said Const. Sharlene Brooks of the Delta police.

"We're looking at 380 plants. That's a midsized marijuana grow operation."

Recommended charges include production of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking, she said.

The Delta police issued a news release on Friday, but they didn't name Jones or say he was a firefighter.

The release did talk about the fire dangers of grow ops.

"In this particular case, the marijuana grow operation was located in a residence very close to an elementary school placing surrounding residents and children at risk of harm in the event of a fire or a 'grow rip' situation," it said.

A meeting has been held with Jones. He had union representation at it, Jones-Cook said.

"As a result of that, he is now on administrative leave without pay until further notice, and that would be pending the outcome of any court case," he said.

Jones himself would not speak with CTV B.C., pronouncing himself "not interested."

Neighbour Liv Hagman, who watched the police carry out the raid, said she was surprised: "It's because they looked like a good family."

Jones-Cook noted that firefighters are often called on to dismantle home-based grow ops.

"I think it's fair to say members of the public hold us to a pretty high standard, and it's important to us to live up to that standard," he said.

With a report from CTV British Columbia's Shannon Paterson

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Old 04-15-2007, 08:20 PM
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What a bozo. Putting his family, neighbors and fellow firefighters at risk.
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:28 AM
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Originally Posted by tmehmel
The firefighter's home is across from an elementary school...
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Old 04-16-2007, 06:41 AM
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I wonder if he responded to this?

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Old 04-16-2007, 07:51 AM
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Default Firefighter arrested after police raid grow-op

DELTA, BC - A Vancouver firefighter was arrested Thursday for operating a marijuana grow-op at his North Delta home, the Optimist has learned.
Source: Delta Optimist (click for full story)

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:22 AM
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380 plants with a street value of over $100K is a mid-sized grow-op?
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Old 04-16-2007, 02:53 PM
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Way to represent us eh... Thanks you f**** idiot. Give your head a shake eh
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Old 04-16-2007, 03:05 PM
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I would imagine the gentlemen had no intention of representing anyone but himself, nor did he intend to get caught
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Old 04-16-2007, 03:23 PM
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Its deja vu all over again-Yogi Berra.

He was not growing the shit as a FF.He was growing it as a private citizen who just happens to be a FF.Once again the media is tarting it up to make it look more juicy than what it is.

He is not representitive of the job nor does it mean the job is full of grow op barons.

The best comment thus far.Is about him being so irresponsible to endanger his family and if it was ever to go up his brothers responding to it.

Thousand a week for hide and seek on call when Im paid to be.
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Old 04-16-2007, 03:58 PM
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What in the world is this guy thinking about!!

I don't care how lucrative this 'CRAP' is, you don't go and grow it in your basement with your wife and 3 young kids in the house...It certainly doesn't look good on the Vancouver Fire Department but it doesn't matter if it's a firefighter or not, it is zero tolerance in my book and they need to punish these people not a slap on the wrist like most growers get here in BC. My opinion only!!
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