Pubdate: Wed, 10 Aug 2005
Source: Stayner Sun (CN ON)
Address: 250 Main Street East, P.O. Box 80, Stayner, ON LOM 1S0
Fax: 705) 428-6909
Copyright: 1996-2005 Metroland Printing, Publishing and Distributing
Author: Roberta Avery


Tipped Off Pot Growers To Police Raids

A police officer, who coordinated a program to wipe out marijuana outdoor 
grow operations, fed information about the location of the crops to two men 
so that they could harvest the pot before police raids, a court has heard.

Ontario Provincial Police Det. Const. Scott Duguid, 34, pled guilty in the 
Ontario Court of Justice yesterday to breach of trust in connection with 
incidents in Simcoe County in August and September 2003.

In an agreed statement of facts read into court by Federal Crown Attorney 
Stephane Marinier, court heard Duguid, an eight-year member of the OPP, was 
transferred to the Huronia Combined Force Drug Enforcement Unit in 2000. 
There he took on the role of managing the program to search for and the 
destruction of outdoor marijuana often riding along in the OPP helicopter.

Police intercepted calls between Duguid, Jody Proctor, 27 and his brother 
Jamie Proctor, 27, who at the time was a prisoner at the Warkworth 
Institution. In conversations caught on tape Jody Proctor told his brother 
Duguid had given the longitude and latitude directions to marijuana fields.

The brothers discussed harvesting the crops and estimated they could make 
between $250,000 and $500,000 on one of the larger sites.

In another taped conversation, the Proctors talk about Duguid agreeing to 
delay the police raid on the larger site to allow time for Jody Proctor to 
locate the crop and harvest it. The brothers also make references to paying 
Duguid $1,000 for helping them, but state at least twice that he doesn't 
seem interested in the money.

An email, sent by Duguid's supervisor, listing the coordinates for three 
marijuana sites, was found in Duguid's vehicle when the OPP began 
surveillance of Duguid in September 2003.

Police found those coordinates written in Duguid's handwriting on a piece 
of paper from Duguid's notebook in Jody Proctor's vehicle along with a 
Global Positioning System with the same coordinates programmed into the memory.

The Proctors were arrested Sept. 23, 2003, four days after Jamie Proctor 
was released from prison. Jody Proctor pled guilty in November 2003 to 
conspiring to traffic marijuana and was sentenced to two years in jail. 
Jamie Proctor received an 18-month sentence for the same offence.

Duguid, who had been recommended for promotion and had just written his 
sergeant's exams - passing with the third highest marks in the province 
when he was arrested - was suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.

A four-day sentencing hearing for Duguid is scheduled to start June 19, 2006.