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Signs of a Grow Operation

10 signs that a home is concealing a marihuana grow operation:


Residents only attend the home occasionally for short periods of time. Equipment such as large fans, lights, plastic plant containers and soil are carried into the house at odd hours. The exterior appearance of the property is untidy. Entry is often made into the home using only the garage door to conceal activities. Garbage containing used soil and plant material is discarded in surrounding areas. Windows are covered to prevent light from entering the home and to conceal activities. Bright light can be seen escaping from windows and windows are often covered in condensation. Hydro meters are tampered with. Sounds of construction and ventilation fans can sometimes be heard. The growing marihuana produces a strong skunk-like odour that can be detected outside the home. Click for a slide show of the inside!


1. Residents visit the home only occasionally for short periods of time.

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2. Equipment such as large fans, lights, plastic plant containers and soil are carried into the house at odd hours..

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3. The exterior appearance of the property is untidy.

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4. Entry is often made into the home using only the garage door to conceal activities.

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5. Garbage containing used soil and plant material is discarded in surrounding areas.

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6. Windows are covered to prevent light from entering the home and to conceal activities.

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7. Bright light can be seen escaping from windows and windows are often covered in condensation.

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8. Hydro meters are tampered with.

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9. Sounds of construction and ventilation fans can sometimes be heard.

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10. The growing marihuana produces a strong skunk-like odour that can be detected outside the home. 




If you would like a Police Officer to provide a Power Point Presentation on this topic you can forward your request via one of three ways:
  • email your request to wps-communityrelations@winnipeg.ca
  • fax your request to 204-957-2450
  • mail your request to:
    Unit Commander
    Community Relations Unit
    P.O Box 1680
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Canada R3C 2Z7
Due to demand, we request you contact us at least six weeks prior to the event. Most presentations are one hour in duration and handouts are provided. The presentation is free of charge - room to be supplied by the organization requesting the presentation, with a minimum of 20 attendees.
Note:The spelling of marihuana is from the Criminal Code of Canada

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