Joint Operation Seized 5 Million in Marihuana Plants



    LONDON, ON, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Between Monday, September 8th and Friday,
September 12th, 2008, five area Police Services worked in partnership on a
five day marihuana eradication initiative in Southwestern Ontario covering
areas within the counties of Middlesex, Oxford and Lambton. The initiative
focused in targeting outdoor marijuana grow operations.
    Upon it's conclusion, police seized over 5,000 plants at potential street
value of over five million dollars.
    The initiative was a concerted effort comprised of police officers from
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), London Police Service, Sarnia Police
Service, Strathroy/Caradoc Police Service and Oxford Community Police Service.
    "Marihuana cultivation is of concern to our communities. The success of
this initiate directly impacts and reduces the amount of marihuana available
for distribution. This investigation underlines the effectiveness of
integrated operations to address community needs in providing safe homes and
safe communities. Cooperation and commitment amongst policing partners
demonstrates mutual effort to reduce both the demand and supply of illicit
drugs within our communities," stated Inspector Dwight Blok Officer in Charge
of the London RCMP Detachment.





For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, RCMP London Media Relations,
(416) 992-4409


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