Search warrants net dried pot, plants

Beware of phone scammers claiming to be from Microsoft, and September is Distracted Driving Month

Search warrants net dried pot, plants

Police executed three search warrants Sept. 8 at residences on Ferndale Avenue and Sabo Street, finding dried marijuana and plants.

At one residence on Ferndale, said Mission RCMP Sgt. Miriam Dickson, a medicinal marijuana licence had been issued, and the holder was allowed to grow 25 plants and possess 1,125 grams. When police entered the home, they seized just under 40 pounds of drying pot.

The two homes searched on Sabo saw RCMP members seize around 2,000 plants. The individuals associated to the residences were arrested, and later released on a promise to appear for a later date, said Dickson.


Phone scam

Local police have been receiving numerous calls from residents who have received phone calls from people claiming to be working for Microsoft.

The scammers are claiming to represent Microsoft, one of its brands, or a third party contracted by the software giant, and tell the victims they are either selling updated security software, or checking into a computer problem, said Dickson.

The callers then say they can sell them the software or fix the computer remotely, and direct them to a website which grants the scam artists access to the hardware.

This is definitely a scam, Dickson noted, adding it has been occurring around the world.

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District Driving Month

RCMP now saw distracted driving is the number one cause of fatalities in the Lower Mainland. During September, Mission RCMP will be concentrating their efforts on this issue.

Police are looking for any driver behaviour that takes their attention from the road. That includes texting, talking on a hand-held cellphone, applying makeup, or reading a newspaper or book while driving. The fine for using an electronic device without hands-free while driving is $167. Drivers caught texting or e-mailing may receive three points on their licence in addition to the fine.

“There are no messages or conversations that are so important that you need to endanger yourself or others,” said Dickson. “If you feel you really need to talk, purchase a Bluetooth and ensure you know how to use it, or pull over to the side of the road.”

The Motor Vehicle Act defines an electronic device as more than just a cellphone. It includes items such as GPS, MP3 players and tablets, such as an iPad.

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