NEWS
07/01/2011 07:58 EDT | Updated 08/31/2011 05:12 EDT

Christine Quirion, North B.C. Marijuana Grower, Ordered To Pay $125,000 To Crown

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- CLEARWATER, B.C. - A northern B.C. woman who was found guilty of growing about 2,500 marijuana plants must forfeit $125,000 to the Crown.

Corporal Chris Newel of the Clearwater RCMP says police found the plants during a February 2009 search of Christine Quirion's rural 40-hectare property.

Newel says Quirion was subsequently convicted of production of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

He says Quirion had purchased the property in 2004 for $280,000 and her approximate equity was $225,000.

During the past few years, the Clearwater RCMP has won forfeitures for two other properties.

In an unrelated matter, Newel says the RCMP also seized 860 marijuana plants during the search of a home basement Thursday.