A husband and wife have been charged with running a grow-op out of their home, which was also being used as a care home for several young children.
A coordinated team of EPS and RCMP officers searched the property in southwest Edmonton last week, finding 17 hydroponic marijuana plants and a small amount of processed marijuana and cannabis.
A married couple and their two young children were found at the home, located near 104th Street and 69th Avenue, along with one other young child they were caring for.
In total, police think up to seven children – all between the ages of two and five years old – were being cared for at the home.
"When we entered the property, we found electrical modifications to the furnace, along with fertilizers and chemicals present," said Det. Cory Buerger.
"Yes, it was a relatively small grow op by our standards, but that doesn’t make it any less serious, especially when you have toddlers crawling around in that environment."
EPS’ Child at Risk Response team has been called in, as has an inspector with Alberta Health Services, who has deemed the home "unfit for human habitation."
Both the husband, 32, and wife, 30, have been charged with two counts of production of a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking, willfully causing a child to be drug-endangered and causing a child to be in need of an intervention.
Both made their first appearance in court on Sept. 5 and were granted bail. They will next appear in court Sept. 26.