Grow-op lands Oliver man two years in jail

Blaine Vickers was sentenced in connection with a marijuana grow-op in Oliver.

A man convicted in connection with a marijuana grow-op in Oliver will spend two years in jail.

Blaine Vickers was sentenced to the mandatory minimum of two years on Feb. 20 after being convicted for production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and fraudulent consumption of electricity in December.

The asserted value of the 950-plant grow operation was estimated to be between $110,000 and $400,000. The operation discovered by RCMP in February 2013 was powered illegally by a electricity meter bypass.

“I really don’t have anything to say,” an emotional Vickers said. “I don’t know what to say. Take it lightly I guess, I don’t know what to say.”

Vickers has a previous criminal record having been convicted for possession for the purpose of trafficking in 2003.