2017-05-17

Lunenburg RCMP bust grow-op, two arrested and charged with drug offences

by Brittany Wentzell

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>RCMP provided a photo of the various substances and cash seized at the Martin&#8217;s River property</p>

After a three day search, which led to the dismantling and seizure of marijuana grow-ops, RCMP have laid drug charges on two Lunenburg County people.

Johnathan Hatt, 45, and Mary Retieffe-Hatt, 46, both of Martin's River, have been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana, possession for the purpose of trafficking marijuana resin, possession for the purpose of trafficking THC, also known as shatter, and possession of methamphetamine.

The charges were laid after members of the Lunenburg District RCMP began a search at a property on Wilbur Hill Road in Martin's River. The pair were arrested without incident.

Hatt was remanded into custody and appeared in Bridgewater Provincial Court on May 12. He was released on conditions. Retieffe-Hatt was released on May 10. RCMP expect additional charges will be laid. Both are scheduled to appear in Bridgewater Provincial Court on July 26.

During the search of the 22 acre property, which began on May 10, police had to bring in members of the RCMP Tactical Troop as well as police dog services. According to a press release from the RCMP, ATVs, a drone, and an excavator were all brought in to search the property.

Police found two "sophisticated" marijuana grow ops that included 60 mature plants as well as a combination of processed and unprocessed marijuana that totaled 110 pounds. They also found a small amount of hash oil and methamphetamine pills. A large amount of cash was also seized.

"Drug operations of this scale pose a risk to public safety in a number of ways." said Staff Sergeant Stephen MacQueen, District Commander for Lunenburg District, in a press release. "With operations like this, we often see an increase in other criminal or violent acts."

The RCMP's Proceeds of Crime Section, Shelburne Street Crime Enforcement Unit, Halifax District RCMP and Bridgewater Police Service also took part in the investigation.

LighthouseNOW has reached out to RCMP for further comment.

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