Over 6,000 Marihuana Plants Seized By Local Law Enforcement

CORNWALL, ON, Oct. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Between September 17th and 20th, 2012, the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) as well as members of the Department of National Defence (DND) collaborated on a marihuana eradication project named OSABOT within Prescott-Russell, Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties.

Operation SABOT is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) marihuana eradication program conducted annually across Canada with the support local and provincial police forces and the DND.  The objective of the operation is to locate outdoor marihuana grow operations with the use of aerial patrols, while police on the ground work to seize the crops prior to harvesting.

This year, the following law enforcement agencies assisted the CRTF and DND in this endeavour:  the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and RCMP Emergency Response Teams (ERT), OPP Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers, DND elements of support, and the RCMP's Integrated Criminal Intelligence Section (ICIS).

Marihuana eradication is undertaken annually in law enforcement's ongoing efforts of reducing the availability of this drug within our communities.  During this operation, a total of 6,006 marihuana plants were seized, resulting in less marihuana being available for sale in our communities.  These drugs could ultimately have been sold to youths and adults alike, with the profits used to finance further criminal activities.

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The CRTF continues to address the complaints of suspicious activity observed by local residents.  If anyone notices suspicious activity, they are urged to please contact the CRTF at 613-937-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The CRTF is a joint forces partnership that includes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canada Border Services Agency, Ontario Provincial Police, Ontario Ministry of Revenue and Cornwall Community Police Service.

SOURCE: Cornwall Regional Task Force

For further information:

Sgt. Lee Côté
Cornwall RTF
613-937-7356

Sgt. Kristine Rae
Ontario Provincial Police
613-285-5479