2nd Edmonton firefighter busted for running grow-op
For the second time this year an Edmonton firefighter is facing charges after a marijuana grow operation was found in his home, CBC News has learned.
RCMP found 85 pot plants and an established grow operation after raiding the Sherwood Park home of 28-year-old David last month on a tip.
Chevalier, a firefighter for less than three years, was suspended without pay soon after he was charged in late November, said Fire Chief Ken Block.
"This is something that certainly the organization can't be associated with," said Block. "When our integrity is on the line, we view that very seriously. There has to be a high level of accountability with our staff."
According to his Facebook page, Chevalier's lifelong dream was fulfilled when he became an Edmonton firefighter.
But now he faces charges of possession, cultivating and trafficking marijuana and is scheduled to enter a plea in court next month.
Last March firefighter Najeeb Manah was suspended after he was charged with running a sophisticated grow-op in his northeast Edmonton home where police found 500 marijuana plants valued at more than $500,000.
At the time police said it was the first grow-op in Canada to use LED lights in the operation, which draw less electricity and are more difficult to detect.