Media Advisory - Clandestine Drug Lab Conference

    STRATFORD, ON, March 16 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
will be hosting a news conference in conjunction with its 2007 National
Chemical Diversion Awareness Conference. Topics to be covered at the news
conference include clandestine drug laboratory and chemical diversion trends
in Canada and the United States; impact of methamphetamine on the community;
and details on the RCMP=s National Chemical Diversion Program.

    Date:                 Wednesday March 21, 2007
    Time:                 1000 hrs (10 am)
    Location:             The Arden Park Hotel
                          552 Ontario Street
                          Stratford, Ontario

    Scheduled speakers:   Dan Mathieson
                          Mayor of Stratford

                          Corporal Brent Hill
                          RCMP National Chemical Diversion Program

                          Special Agent David Jacobson
                          US Drug Enforcement Administration

    The diversion of chemical precursors destined for clandestine labs is a
global problem. Over the past years, methamphetamine labs have represented
approximately 60 percent of all clandestine labs seized in Canada. Ontario has
the second highest concentration of clandestine synthetic drug lab activity in
    Recognizing this threat, the RCMP established the National Chemical
Diversion Program in 2001. Its mission is to educate and train chemical
producers, distributors and retailers to recognize the tell-tale signs of
synthetic drug traffickers that are obtaining chemicals for illegal production
of controlled substances and limit the accessibility of precursors.
    Editors/Producers Note: A complete meth lab (non-functioning) will be on
view at the press conference as well as RCMP subject matter experts will be
available for one on one interviews.
    Due to space limitations, all National Chemical Diversion Awareness
Conference sessions are closed to the media.

For further information:

For further information: Cst. Judith Laurence, Corporate Communications
and Media Relations, RCMP, 'O' Division, (905) 876-9674 - office, (905)
299-6515 - mobile

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