Police Services Team Up for Outdoor Marijuana Eradication Operation



    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Five police services teamed up to conduct
a five day outdoor marijuana eradication operation to locate outdoor marijuana
grows in the Golden Horseshoe and Southwestern Ontario area. Dubbed Project
Sabot, the initiative took place between September 8 and September 12, 2008.
    The combined services Marijuana Eradication Team was comprised of police
officers from the Brantford Police Service, the Hamilton Police Service, the
Ontario Provincial Police, the Halton Regional Police Service and the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police.
    These municipal, provincial, and federal police services shared
information gathered from numerous sources to make strategic strikes against
specific marijuana grow areas. They 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 taken from the fields before it reaches the streets, making
marijuana less available to drug users and reducing the risk to our
communities.
    The 2008 combined-services Marijuana Eradication Team was formed to
locate and destroy out door marijuana grows throughout Brant County, Haldimand
and Norfolk Regions, Halton Region and the City of Hamilton. The total value
of the marihuana plants seized during the five day period was in excess of
$6 million. In addition, four people were arrested and are facing 4 counts of
production of a scheduled substance, 4 counts of possession of a controlled
substance for the purpose of trafficking and 2 counts of failure to comply
with a recognizance.
    This team is one of several RCMP-led teams formed to conduct similar
initiatives in Ontario throughout the month of September. Other operations
were conducted earlier in September in London, Kitchener and Kingston.





For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Sergeant Marc LaPorte, RCMP "O"
Division Media Relations Coordinator, Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416)
992-4409


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