Saugeen Shores Police Service

Press release

RCMP News Release

Police Eradicate Marihuana Grows

(Kitchener, Ontario - Tuesday September 1st, 2009). From Monday, August 24th to Monday, August 31st, 2009, eleven Police Services combined efforts during Project OSABOT, a marihuana eradication program in Southwestern Ontario. During this operation approximately 22,000 marihuana plants were located and eradicated.

The project was a concerted effort of police from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Waterloo Region Police Service (WRPS), Guelph Police Service, Stratford Police Service, Owen Sound Police Service, Saugeen Shores Police Service, West Grey Police Service, Hanover Police Service, Wingham Police Service and Oxford Community Police Service.

The project focused on the identification and seizure of marihuana from outdoor grow operations. The illegal production and possession of marihuana is an offence contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The participating Police Services shared information and intelligence gathered from numerous sources to identify a number of outdoor marihuana grow sites. Human and technical resources were committed to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of this operation. At the conclusion of the operation, marihuana plants with a potential street value of approximately 22 million dollars, were successfully located, seized, and destroyed.

“Police Officers across the country have come to believe that marihuana use is the gateway to the consumption of harder drugs. The illegal use of drugs, such as marihuana, and other controlled substances, is often seen as a contributing factor to other forms of crime including acts of violence and/or theft. Therefore police efforts to eradicate marihuana plants is believed to be one effective method at reducing crime in general,” said Corporal BOUTILIER of the RCMP Kitchener Detachment Drug Section. “At the end of the day, our marihuana eradication efforts endeavor to promote safe homes and safe communities.”

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For further information contact:

Constable Laurence YIM

RCMP Kitchener Detachment

Media Relations

(519)896-3542 ext 235

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