HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Man Killed In Rip-Off Of Marijuana Grow-Op
Pubdate: Sun, 22 Dec 2002
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2002 The Province
Author: Stuart Hunter
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Mounties  have  re-issued  a  warning  about  the dangers of marijuana 
home-grow  operations  after  three  "grow rips" -- including one that left 
a Vancouver man dead.

Four  males  were recently arrested and charged in connection with the 
death of Vi Soi Hoang.

The  41-year-old  was  severely beaten and left for dead on the street 
after  the  four,  armed  with  a .357 Magnum, a 9-mm pistol and brass 
knuckles,  burst  into  a home in the 8300-block of No. 4 Road Sept. 8 
looking to rip off a grow op.

Vancouver's  Parminder Perry Soor, 18, has been charged with break and 
enter,  possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and 
improper storage of a firearm.

Milad  Saffari,  19,  of  Surrey  has  been charged with second-degree 
murder,  break  and  enter,  committing  a robbery using a firearm and 
possession of a loaded, restricted weapon.

A   Vancouver   young   offender,   age  16,  has  been  charged  with 
second-degree  murder.  A  second young offender, 17, of Richmond, has been 
charged with manslaughter.

"This  is  the  third  murder  of  the year in Richmond and the second 
murder connected to a grow operation," said Cpl. Peter Thiessen.

"Clearly,  when anyone is involved in a marijuana grow operation, they run 
the risk of losing their life."

In  another incident, a 29-year-old Surrey man suffered gunshot wounds 
when  three men tried to break into a home containing a grow op in the 
12800-block of 92A Avenue early Wednesday.

Const.  Tim Shields said it appears the trio was attempting a grow rip when 
the occupant of the house apparently opened fire.

Don Johnston Robinson, 36, has been charged with attempted murder.

Charges are pending against the 29-year-old, who was taken to hospital with 
non-life-threatening injuries.

A  day earlier, eight masked men armed with machetes broke into a home 
in  the  13700-block  of  115  Avenue  looking  for  a  pot  grow  op. 
Apparently, the marijuana had already been harvested and the intruders fled.

"Marijuana  grow  operations  present  a  very real risk and threat to 
public  safety,"  Shields said. "We are increasingly called to violent 
crimes in direct relation to grow ops."

Despite  the  public's  perception  that grow ops are "safe," officers 
have  probed  homicides, shootings, stabbings, kidnappings, extortions and 
serious assaults related to the marijuana trade that is controlled by 
organized crime, said Shields.

Mission  RCMP  recently  discovered  a large grow op in an underground 
concrete   bunker.   The   2,000-square-foot  unit,  located  14  feet 
underground in north Mission, contained a large grow op.

A  second  bunker,  containing  a large electrical transformer used to 
power the operation, was found a short distance away.

Charges are pending.

RCMP  said one in eight homicides in B.C. are related to the marijuana grow 
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