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Deer Lake man charged in connection with Cormack grow-op released

A Deer Lake man who had been in jail since police raided an alleged marijuana grow operation in Cormack last week has been released from custody.

The grow operation was located last Wednesday, one day after Garry Edgar Gregory and two others were charged in a drug bust at a Deer Lake home.

The initial raid in Deer Lake last Tuesday evening resulted in the seizure of various amounts of what is believed to be cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, cannabis resin and hashish, as well as drug paraphernalia and cash. A small marijuana grow operation was also dismantled, which consisted of a number of marijuana plants at various stages of growth.

The following day, the Corner Brook RCMP Serious Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a cabin at Grindstone Pond near Cormack. A search of the cabin resulted in the seizure of various amounts of marijuana, cannabis resin, drug paraphernalia, two firearms and ammunition. A marijuana growing operation consisting of a number of marijuana plants, supplies and equipment was dismantled.

Gregory, 54, was charged with nine offences, including four counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of production of a controlled substance, a single count of unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of failure to comply with an undertaking.

He was remanded into custody and was scheduled to have a bail hearing in provincial court in Corner Brook on Monday. However, the bail hearing wasn’t needed and he was released on a recognizance, with a next court appearance set for Oct. 17.

Gregory already has an unrelated offence, namely a charge of assault with a weapon, on the docket for that day.

A man and woman from Fort McMurray were also arrested as a result of the first raid and later released. Donald Nichols was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking cocaine, while Veronica Nichols was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

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