Ontario’s ‘Land and Air Sweep’ For Marijuana

Helicopters, ATVs, Emergency Response Teams, and automatic weapons are very expensive. Could this money be better spent?Helicopters, ATVs, Emergency Response Teams, and automatic weapons are very expensive. Could this money be better spent?The Ontario Provincial Police and a number of its special forces units are in the midst of their annual marijuana eradication program.

In the late morning of August 31, a helicopter was spotted circling an area near Loon Lake Road, off Hwy 118, between Haliburton and Essonville Line.

A few kilometres down the road two members of the Central East Drug Unit reported that they were investigating a marijuana plantation of 1,000 plants with an approximate street value of $1 million.

Aboard their ATVs, the two officers were uncertain whether the plants were found on private property or Crown land.

Before the officers could begin removing the plants, the area was first cleared with the help of the police helicopter, an OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) and members of the City of Kawartha Lakes’s canine unit.

By 3:30 p.m. officers from the ERT, dressed in full camouflage with painted faces and armed with automatic weapons, had filled a Discount rental van three-quarters full of marijuana plants.

Each year police join forces for an annual land and air sweep for marijuana grow locations using information, technology and resources.

Some of those tips, said the anonymous officer, come from Crime Stoppers, concerned citizens and informants.

The officer explained that the marijuana-planting season begins around the end of May and its peak harvest time between the end of September and end of October.

“But we’d like to get to them before that,” said the officer, adding that a fully harvested plant can yield about $1,000 worth of the THC-laden drug.

– Article from the Haliburton Echo.

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