The tenfold growth of illegal marijuana grow-ops over the last decade is turning B.C. into "Colombia North," according to a criminologist examining the problem in the Cariboo region.
Darryl Plecas, a professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, says that criminologists have been predicting for years that B.C.'s grow operations would expand in size and sophistication.
"Here we are today without anyone imagining that it would have grown to the extent it has," he told reporters at a press conference in Prince George Friday.