02/10/2013 15:06 EST | Updated 04/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Grow-op hidden under hay shed, B.C. RCMP say

The RCMP have busted what they call a “sophisticated commercial marijuana grow-operation” on a rural property near Sorrento, B.C., northwest of Salmon Arm.

Police said they found approximately 7,000 pot plants in various stages of growth.

The search warrant was executed on Feb. 6, the RCMP said in a weekend release.

Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane said the grow-op was located in “a large underground bunker that had been constructed beneath a hay shed.”

“This grow op is believed to be part of a larger network of grow operations that local RCMP have been investigating,” he said.

Keane said police would be recommending charges against a 52-year-old Sorrento man.