KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Between August 18th and August 21st, 2014, several Police Services from across Southwestern
Ontario and the Canadian Forces (CF) worked together in a multi-jurisdictional marihuana eradication
The project, dubbed O-SABOT, involved resources from the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police (RCMP) - Kitchener, RCMP Emergency Response Team, the
Canadian Forces (CF), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), West Grey Police
Service and Saugeen Shores Police Service. Project O-SABOT is the
Ontario portion of the Canada wide marihuana eradication program
(operation SABOT) that is aimed at locating and destroying outdoor
marihuana grow operations to reduce the supply of illegal marihuana to
This group effort required police services to share information and
intelligence in order to identify the marihuana grow sites. In total,
police seized and destroyed 4,000 marihuana plants from 80 different
illegal grow sites.
In September, 2011, the RCMP launched the Marihuana Grow Initiative to
combat the prevalence of marihuana production being run and exploited
by organized crime groups in Canada. This joint forces operation is an
example of the collaboration envisioned within the Initiative and is a
needed step in building a coordinated, collective response to this
issue across Canada.
"Marihuana production fuels a wide range of criminal activity and
violence which puts Canadian communities and Canadian citizens at risk.
There are also many individual and community health and safety concerns
with the existence of illegal marihuana grow sites. We will continue to
work with our police and community partners and take aggressive and
coordinated action to eradicate illegal marihuana production, stated
Insp. Todd Gilmore, OIC RCMP Kitchener Detachment.
For photos please visit the RCMP "O" Division (Ontario) Newsroom.
Police would like to thank the concerned citizens who provided
information which resulted in the success of this program. If a
citizen has information about a marihuana grow site or any other
illegal activity, they can anonymously supply information by calling
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Cst Mark SCHAGENA
RCMP Kitchener Media Relations Officer
Office: (519) 896-3542 ext. 278 Cell: (519) 635-8071
S/Sgt. Peter Koersvelt,
Acting RCMP Media Relations officer
RCMP "O" Division
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