LONDON, ON, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The RCMP yesterday executed "Operation
OSALE," and the drug-related busts have a London, Ontario connection.
Gerry Weir, owner of London-based Sutton Group Preferred Realty,
revealed today that he cooperated with police throughout the two-year
Weir became suspicious about the activities of Thu Tran, an independent
contractor, in October 2010 after noticing that three of the four homes
recently added to the London Police Service's Marijuana Grow-Op
Registry were sold by her. The agent was affiliated with the Sutton
Group Preferred Realty office.
"I immediately contacted the RCMP after concluding that one of my
independent contractors had sold homes that were subsequently seized by
police as marijuana grow operations," said Gerry Weir. "I offered my
full cooperation and agreed to provide any information useful to the
At the RCMP's request, Mr. Weir continued to employ Thu Tran as they
believed her termination could interfere with the ongoing investigation
and had the potential of hindering a much larger investigation. Mr.
Weir complied with the RCMP's wishes and did not end Tran's employment
until April 2012 when the RCMP informed him that the investigation was
Weir is proud that he and his team were able to help the police during
the investigation, but is disappointed that one of his independent
contractors allegedly used the good name of Sutton Group Preferred
Realty for illegal activities.
"It is extremely frustrating that the alleged wrongdoing of one person
could have a negative impact on a larger group of dedicated, honest and
hardworking people here at the Sutton Group Preferred," said Weir.
"But, I want to emphasize that any funds related to Thu Tran's
transactions have been donated to Neighbourhood Watch London as well as
Crime Stoppers London."
"I commend the RCMP for their diligent work and professionalism
throughout this investigation, and I thank Sutton Group Preferred
agents and staff for their continued dedication through this trying
time," said Weir.
Gerry Weir is a real estate broker as well as the owner and broker of
record for Sutton Group Preferred Realty. His agency represents over
150 real estate agents and manages six offices. For more than 25 years,
he has have been an active member of the London-area real estate
community and has served on many local and provincial real estate
boards and associations.
SOURCE Sutton Group Preferred Realty
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