Law Enforcement Agencies Team Up for Outdoor Marijuana Eradication Operation



    LONDON, ON, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Six police services, with support from the
Department of National Defence, teamed up to conduct a four day outdoor
marijuana eradication operation to locate outdoor marijuana grows in the
Southwestern Ontario area. Dubbed Project OSABOT, the initiative took place
between August 31st, 2009 and September 4th, 2009.
    The Marijuana Eradication Team was comprised of police officers from the
Oxford Community Police Service, the Sarnia Police Service, the St. Thomas
Police Service, the London Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police and
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    The municipal, provincial, and federal police services shared information
gathered from numerous sources to make strategic seizures against specific
marijuana grow areas. The services also combined human and technical resources
to make the project cost-efficient and effective. The partnership provided an
opportunity for the participating police services to share training techniques
and intelligence on drug issues in their communities.
    Through a combined effort, larger amounts of marijuana can be seized at
one time and removed from the fields before it reaches the streets, making
marijuana less available to drug users and reducing the risk to our
communities.
    The 2009 Marijuana Eradication Team was formed to locate and dismantle
outdoor marijuana grows throughout Oxford, Lambton, Elgin and Middlesex
counties. Approximately 6,000 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed over
the four-day period. The total value of the marihuana plants seized during the
five day period has an estimate value of close to 6 million dollars.
    This team is one of several RCMP-led teams formed to conduct similar
initiatives in Ontario throughout the months of August and September. Other
operations were conducted earlier in August in Kitchener and Kingston.
    Photos are available on request.





For further information:

For further information: Cpl. Darren Morgan, Media Relations Officer,
London Detachment, RCMP "O" Division, Office: (519) 645-4329, Cell: (519)
777-9035


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