Occurrence Type: ERADICATE MARIHUANA GROWS
Occurrence Number: GR09001670
Prepared by: CST L. YIM RCMP AND DEPUTY CHIEF R THOMPSON WEST GREY POLICE
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 focussed 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.
In West Grey over 1200 marihuana plants were seized and destroyed in various location.