Pubdate: Wed, 10 Aug 2005
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2005 The Toronto Star
Author: Roberta Avery
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Corruption - Outside U.S.)


Passed Grow-Op Data To Two Men

Plan Was To Reap Crops Before Raids

BARRIE -- A police officer who co-ordinated 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, pleaded guilty
in the Ontario Court of Justice yesterday to breach of trust in
connection with incidents in Simcoe County in August and September,

In an agreed statement of facts read in 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 destroy outdoor marijuana.

Police intercepted calls between Duguid, Jody Proctor, 27, and his
brother Jamie Proctor, 29, who at the time was a prisoner at the
Warkworth Institution. In conversations caught on tape, Jody Proctor
told his brother that 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 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.

The Proctors were arrested Sept. 23, 2003, four days after Jamie
Proctor was released from prison. Jody Proctor pleaded 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 sat 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.
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