Joint Operation Seized 5 Million in Marihuana Plants



    KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 2 /CNW/ - On Monday, August 25th to Friday, August
29th, 2008, nine Police Services worked in partnership to conduct Project
OSABOT, a five day marihuana eradication program in southwestern Ontario.
    The project was a concerted effort comprised of police officers from the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP),
Waterloo Region Police Service (WRPS), Guelph Police Service, Stratford Police
Service, Saugeen Shores Police Service, West Grey Police Service, Hanover
Police Service, and Oxford Community Police Service.
    The project objective was to target outdoor marijuana grow operations.
The illegal production and possession of marihuana is an offence contrary to
the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The success of Project OSABOT
directly impacts and reduces the amount of marihuana available for
distribution into our communities. Proceeds gained from illegal profiteering
have been linked to the financing of other criminal activities or Organized
Crime.
    Working together, the Federal, Provincial, Regional and Municipal Police
Services shared information and intelligence gathered from numerous sources to
identify a number of outdoor marihuana grow sites. Human and technical
resources were combined to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of this
operation. At the conclusion of the operation, marihuana plants with a
potential street value of over 5 million dollars, were successfully located,
seized, and destroyed.
    "Through Project OSABOT, numerous Police Services have worked together to
achieve a common goal; to eradicate marihuana production and in turn promote
safe homes and safe communities," said Corporal Gary BOUTILIER of the RCMP
Kitchener Detachment Drug Section.





For further information:

For further information: Constable Laurence YIM, RCMP Kitchener
Detachment, Media Relations, (519) 896-3542 ext 235


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