KINGSTON, ON, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - Between Monday August 17th and Friday
August 21st, 2009, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conducted Project OSABOT,
a marihuana eradication program in Eastern Ontario. The success of operation
means less marihuana is available for sale in our communities. During this
operation the RCMP worked in partnership with uniformed members attached to
the Lansdowne, Kaladar, Rideau Lakes and Lanark detachments of the Ontario
Provincial Police and members from the Kingston Police Force drug section.
During this operation 14,826 marihuana plants were located and eradicated. The
RCMP identified one significant Marihuana grow operation north of Kingston,
Ontario which consisted of 9,941 plants. The eradication of a total of 14,826
marihuana plants, has a significant street value and will have a direct impact
in the greater Kingston area and act as a deterrent. The RCMP's overriding
goal is to ensure safe homes and safe communities for Canadians.
The objective of Project OSABOT is to target the illegal production and
possession of marihuana which is an offence contrary to the Controlled Drugs
and Substances Act. Each year, this joint initiative uses aerial patrols to
locate and seize the illegal crops. Proceeds derived from outdoor marihuana
grow operations have been linked to the financing of other criminal activities
and the operations of Organized Crime. The success of this initiative has a
direct impact upon our communities by reducing the amount of marihuana
available for distribution both locally and throughout the province.
Working in partnership, all Federal and Provincial services involved in
Project OSABOT shared intelligence and resources to identify and eradicate a
number of outdoor marihuana grow sites in Eastern Ontario. The collaboration
of law enforcement in this joint effort was key to the success of this program
and will enhance future drug enforcement initiatives.
The RCMP would also wish to thank the numerous members of the public as
well as other agencies for their valued and on-going assistance and patience
with these efforts. The public is reminded that they can provide information
relating to any criminal activity by contacting the Provincial Crime Stoppers
agency confidential tip line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
For further information:
For further information: Cpl. Blair J. Kelly, Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, Kingston Detachment, Proceeds of Crime, (613) 384-2750 Ext. 229