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Man given conditional sentence in grow-op case

Jul 06 2012

A Langford man has received a 15-month conditional sentence after pleading guilty to production of a controlled substance.

Richard Andrew Catchpole was arrested in May 2009 after the RCMP discovered a large marijuana-growing operation on Humpback Road.

Catchpole and his co-accused, Lloyd Szabo, were on trial this week in B.C. Supreme Court, charged with producing marijuana and possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.

On Tuesday, both men pleaded not guilty to the charges. However, on Wednesday, Catchpole pleaded guilty to producing marijuana. Charges were stayed against Szabo.

RCMP officers discovered the grow-op at 3174 Humpback Rd. during their investigation.

They obtained a search warrant and found Catchpole and Szabo inside the main residence during the search.

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