City police who were called to a disturbance wound up finding a major marijuana grow-op in a downtown home.
Police seized hundreds of plants that could generate tens of thousands of dollars.
"That’s a large grow-op. That’s a lot of plants," Brandon Police Service Sgt. Pelechaty said. "Based on number of plants, it’s considered a large grow for Brandon."
Police were initially called to a report of a disturbance at the home on the 300-block of Second Street. The call came in around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
When police entered the house, they could smell a strong odour of marijuana and could see marijuana plants in plain view in a container in a common area of the home.
After getting a warrant, police searched the home and found grow-ops on the third floor and in the basement. Both consisted of lighting, timers, planting soil, fertilizer and irrigation systems.
In total, police seized 300 marijuana plants in various stages of growth and a pound of dried marijuana.
Police say the plants could generate a street value of approximately $150,000 per harvest, if sold by the ounce.
The pound of dried marijuana has a street value of about $6,800 if sold by the gram.
The residents of the home — a 60-year-old man, 54-year-old man and 49-year-old woman — were arrested and charged with producing marijuana, and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.
All three were released on conditions to appear in court in April. Their names have not been released.
The home where the marijuana was found is on a tree-lined residential street where houses stand closely together.
Pelechaty said grow-ops — with their electrical systems and hot lighting — can pose a potential fire hazard. The humidity they produce, if not properly controlled, can bring black mould that can spread from house to house.