CORNWALL, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Between September 8 and 11, 2014,
the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) and the Canadian Armed Forces
(CAF) collaborated on a marihuana eradication project named SABOT.
This year, this project covered the areas of Stormont, Dundas and
Glengarry counties as well as the Prescott-Russell counties.
Project SABOT is an annual operations helmed by the RCMP and the CAF.
The project targets and eradicates outdoor marihuana grow operations
during the outdoor cultivation season. The project's objective is to
seize the crops prior to harvesting, which contributes to reducing the
availability of marihuana within our communities. Through the use of
aerial patrols, with the assistance from concerned citizens, outdoor
marihuana grow operations are located and eradicated.
"Our overall goal is a safe Canada. Illegal marihuana use and the
criminality that surrounds it harms individuals and communities",
stated Inspector Tim Kimpan, Officer in Charge of the CRTF, "This
proactive strategy impacts the activities and financial benefits of
Since 1989, the CAF have supported Project SABOT by providing aircraft
and surveillance equipment, along with personnel to operate the
equipment. Over the years, patrols conducted under this operation have
resulted in many arrests and the destruction of hundreds of thousands
of marihuana plants.
"The Canadian Armed Forces are committed to supporting other government
departments in ongoing efforts to protect Canadians and their
interests," said Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander Joint Task
Force (Central). "By working closely with the RCMP on SABOT, we're
reinforcing to Canadians that we are vested in their safety and
The following law enforcement agencies assisted the CRTF and the CAF in
this endeavor: the Eastern Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Drug
Enforcement Unit (DEU), the OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT), the
Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS), the Akwesasne Mohawk Police
Service (AMPS), Ontario and the National Capital Region's Emergency
Response Teams, and members from the Kingston and Ottawa RCMP
Detachments. As a result of this cooperation, a total of 1,743
marihuana plants were seized.
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 the Cornwall Community Police
The CRTF continues to address the complaints of suspicious activity
observed by local residents. To report suspicious activity, please
contact the CRTF at 613-937-2800 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Image with caption: "Aerial photo of four plots of marihuana plants interspersed within a corn field. (CNW Group/Cornwall Regional Task Force)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140918_C9278_PHOTO_EN_42810.jpg
Image with caption: "Aerial photo of marihuana plants located on the edge of a corn field. Plants protected from view by forest area to the right. (CNW Group/Cornwall Regional Task Force)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140918_C9278_PHOTO_EN_42808.jpg
SOURCE: Cornwall Regional Task Force
For further information:
Sgt. Lee Côté
Sgt. Kristine Rae
Ontario Provincial Police
Department of National Defence