Since inception the PSI Team has inspected 141 properties displaying high electrical consumption and other indicators of a possible grow operation, and has declared 70 of those to be controlled substance properties under the Controlled Substance Nuisance Bylaw. All declarations were based on evidence that the properties had been marijuana grow operations.
On high-consumption properties where no evidence of grow operations are found, potential safety problems are identified and owners are given advice on how to correct them. All owners are referred to B.C. Hydro Power Smart for information on how to reduce electrical consumption, conserve energy, and save money.
The PSI Team comprises staff from Bylaw Services, Fire & Emergency Services, and Development Services. Since the launch of the PSI project there have been two recorded fires in grow operations in Port Coquitlam. Both of these involved electrical bypasses, which are not detectable from BC Hydro consumption data. This number represents a significant reduction from earlier times, and is considered a key measure of success for the PSI project.
The PSI Team operates on the basis of full cost recovery from owners of controlled substance properties. No costs are borne by the general taxpayers or by owners of properties without controlled substance involvement.
Port Coquitlam residents who suspect the presence of a marijuana grow operation in their neighbourhoods should visit the Grow Operations page, or to call the PSI Team directly at 604-927-5235. Suspected grow operations may also be reported to the Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550 or to Greater Vancouver Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.