Marihuana is a growing problem in the community of Medicine Hat and a concern for the Medicine Hat Police Service. Marihuana has been known as a "gate-way" drug where police are finding the younger generation starting out with its use and progressing towards other harder drugs like cocaine and methamphetamines. Nationally, Marihuana is the most consumed and produced illicit drug in Canada and is directly linked to Organized Crime groups within our country that are reaching out to smaller communities like Medicine Hat. Organized Crime groups are buying homes in smaller communities and setting up illicit marihuana cultivation operations to fund their activities. One way to combat these illegal grows is to inform citizens of what to look for in a marihuana grow.
- Covered windows
- Persons coming and going to a property, acting in a suspicious or secretive manner
- Persons hauling or constructing a watering system into a building
- Persons hauling suspicious types of material or garbage away from their buildings or property (i.e. plastic sheeting, fertilizer bags, containers, plant stocks, plastic piping materials, plastic pots, CO2 tanks, fuel tanks, etc)
- Loud exhaust or humidifier fans
- Unusual "skunky" smell emanating from the exhaust fans
- Heavy deodorants and/or air fresheners to mask the smell of marihuana
- Persons using an abundance of electricity
- The noise of a diesel/gas/propane power generator. (Diversionary method of providing electricity for the grow site.)
- Unusual electrical hook-ups to the house or outbuildings
- Humming sounds given off by lights and electrical transformers used to provide heat and false sunlight
- Abnormally warm buildings. (In winter, snow may melt off the roofs of buildings used to house the grow operation.)
Remember, these clues alone do not make the building or home a grow operation. If you have seen any of these clues, please call the Medicine Hat Police Service Drug Tips Line at 502-8909 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or Submit a Tip Online.