Police Eradicate Marihuana Grows



    KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - From Monday, August 24th to Monday, August
31st, 2009, eleven Police Services combined efforts during Project OSABOT, a
marihuana eradication program in Southwestern Ontario. During this operation
approximately 22,000 marihuana plants were located and eradicated.
    The project was a concerted effort of police from the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Waterloo Region Police
Service (WRPS), Guelph Police Service, Stratford Police Service, Owen Sound
Police Service, Saugeen Shores Police Service, West Grey Police Service,
Hanover Police Service, Wingham Police Service and Oxford Community Police
Service.
    The project focused on the identification and seizure of marihuana from
outdoor grow operations. The illegal production and possession of marihuana is
an offence contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The
participating Police Services shared information and intelligence gathered
from numerous sources to identify a number of outdoor marihuana grow sites.
Human and technical resources were committed to maximize the efficiency and
effectiveness of this operation. At the conclusion of the operation, marihuana
plants with a potential street value of approximately 22 million dollars, were
successfully located, seized, and destroyed.
    "Police Officers across the country have come to believe that marihuana
use is the gateway to the consumption of harder drugs. The illegal use of
drugs, such as marihuana, and other controlled substances, is often seen as a
contributing factor to other forms of crime including acts of violence and/or
theft. Therefore police efforts to eradicate marihuana plants is believed to
be one effective method at reducing crime in general," said Corporal BOUTILIER
of the RCMP Kitchener Detachment Drug Section. "At the end of the day, our
marihuana eradication efforts endeavor to promote safe homes and safe
communities."




For further information:

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


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