B.C. Mounties went to the home twice; first in response to a report of a home invasion. They returned later in the day with a search warrant and seized a quantity of marijuana and the cookies alleged to contain cannabis.
RCMP officers had gone to the White Rock apartment Thursday afternoon after receiving reports of a violent home invasion. Two men had broken into the home and were surprised by the return of a 22-year-old resident. One of the intruders struck the man with a crowbar but the victim managed to fight the two off and they made good their escape.
A school across the road from the residence was locked down while police searched the area for the culprits.
Later that evening, Mounties returned to the home armed with a search warrant. They seized a quantity of marijuana as well as approximately 8,000 cookies believed to contain the plant. The 22-year-old victim of the assault as well as two women, ages 20 and 54, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
RCMP Const. Janelle Shoihet said, "I've never seen anything like it before. It's an unprecedented number of cookies. It was a bit like a bakery in there. So it was surprising to me."
No arrests have yet been made in the home invasion. Both suspects are described as being white and wearing black hoodies with white designs. One is said to be 6' tall and wearing a black baseball cap while the second is said to be 5' 7" tall. Both men were last seen running in the direction of Surrey.
The closing down of the baking operation came just two days before the annual "4/20" event where thousands of people are expected to smoke pot in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The three accused, whose names have not been released, are due to appear in court in May.