HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html Rupert Cops Raid Tomato Grow-Op
Pubdate: Wed, 02 Jul 2008
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 Canwest Publishing Inc.
Author: John Colebourn
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
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Red-faced drug cops looking for a marijuana grow-op came up with a 
tomato grow-op instead.

Prince Rupert commercial fisherman Bruce Aleksich said yesterday that 
about 15 Mounties burst into his business last Thursday, only to find 
400 tomato plants in various stages of growth.

After a bleak spring, Aleksich decided to grow the tomatoes under lights.

He has recently been rotating the tomatoes between the indoors and outdoors.

When RCMP arrived at about 9 p.m., Aleksich told them he was a good 
gardener with nothing but tasty tomatoes in the building.

Despite his edible alibi, Aleksich, two employees and two visitors 
were forced to the ground. "They had us on the floor for over an 
hour," he said. "All of us were cuffed. I don't know how it got to 
the point where guns were drawn."

After finding the tomatoes, the cops checked all the vehicles for 
drugs, Aleksich said. Aleksich said he has heard nothing from the 
RCMP about their mistake.

"You'd think they would be embarrassed," he said. "I just wanted them 
to say it was a mistake. People now assume I was growing marijuana."

Aleksich said his two visitors, a friend from Victoria and his 
girlfriend, were looking at real estate. "I don't think he's going to 
buy land here after that," said Aleksich.
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