Law Enforcement Agencies Co-ordinate Marihuana Eradication

    KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - Seven police services teamed up to
conduct a six day marihuana eradication program in the Southwestern Ontario
area. This joint initiative was called Project Sabot and took place between
September 10th and September 17th, 2007 in the Region of Waterloo, and the
counties of Wellington, Perth, Grey and a portion of Halton Region.
    Project Sabot is a marihuana eradication initiative conducted annually
across the country by the RCMP and its partners in law enforcement, with
support from the Department of National Defence (DND). The objective is to
target outdoor grow operations and eliminate marihuana distribution in
Canadian communities.
    This year, Project Sabot was comprised of police officers from Waterloo
Regional, Guelph, Stratford, the Drug Enforcement Section of the Ontario
Provincial Police, Halton, West Grey, and was co-ordinated by Kitchener
Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
    These municipal, provincial, and federal police services shared
information and intelligence gathered from numerous sources to identify a
number of outdoor marihuana grow sites. They also combined human and technical
resources to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of their operation.
    Over the course of this 6 day operation, a total of 5,552 marihuana
plants, weighing a total of 3,140 kilograms (or 6,908 lbs) were seized and
destroyed. In addition to the marihuana seized, 1 male was arrested in Grey
County for Production of Marihuana and Possession of Marihuana for the purpose
of trafficking, in conjunction with the seizure of 1,990 marihuana plants.
    "Large scale Marihuana grow operations have been linked to organized
crime and violence, and the profits generated are often utilized to finance
organized crime activities and perpetuate criminal activity. The marihuana
that has been seized through the course of this joint initiative, will reduce
the amount of marihuana that is available for sale, and when combined with the
ongoing community based awareness programs that we are involved with, will
contribute to the safety of our respective communities," said Sgt. Cam Croal
of Kitchener Detachment's Drug Section.

For further information:

For further information: Media Inquires: Sgt. Cam Croal, Kitchener
Detachment RCMP, (519) 896-3542 Ext. 266

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