Originally Posted by papajohn56
The electric bill one is just bullshit.
No, it's not. It used to be that BC Hydro would turn a blind eye to excesive paid (not stolen) electricity use or you might get a nice call from them offering helpful tips on how to reduce your electrical bill. Now they just show up with RCMP in tow.
Here are some stories from the US about the same sort of thing. Sounds a lot like they are using electricity bills as the first indicator of something suspicious, then following that up with IR flyovers and other surveillance...
High electric bill leads to marijuana bust | Shakopee Valley News
Elevated Electric Bill Prompts Pot Raid - March 30, 2004
Could your electric bill trigger a marijuana SWAT raid? | The Legalization of Marijuana.com
Shit, just google "electricity bills marijuana"... I can't be bothered to cut and paste dozens of article and blog posts.