Pubdate: Wed, 28 Sep 2005
Source: Sackville Tribune-Post (CN NK)
Copyright: 2005 The Sackville Tribune-Post Ltd.
Author: Joan LeBlanc, Sackville Tribune Post
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Local RCMP Report Busy Year With Drug Seizures Throughout District

RCMP raided a home on Route 950 near Shemogue last Wednesday where they 
seized 20 pounds of marijuana and a number of unsecured firearms.

Three area residents, Gaston LeBlanc, Remie LeBlanc and Joel Gould, all in 
their early 20s, were arrested and later appeared in Moncton Provincial Court.

Cpl. Don Moore, of the Sackville detachment, said on Friday that this 
seizure is just one of many which have taken place in the area over the 
past few weeks.

"In this particular case, the marijuana we found was in various stages of 
drying but, in all, it was more than 20 pounds, with a street value in 
excess of $90,000," Moore said.

Moore said members of the RCMP District 4, including officers from 
Sackville, Shediac, Cap Pele and Port Elgin also conducted an air operation 
supported by ground members which resulted in 150 marijuana plants being 
seized in different locations around the Port Elgin, Cap-Pele and Shemogue 

He noted that all local detachments are part of the same district, with the 
same goals, to attack the drug dealers or people who are producing 
marijuana and other types of illegal drugs.

"We've been very productive in collecting them this year. Almost every week 
we're catching something, but there's not always a body attached to them so 
we can't always lay any charges," he said.

Moore explained that illegal plants are found in many different areas each 
fall, adding that the recent seizures are part of Operation Sabot, which is 
ongoing within the entire district. However, not all drug seizures lead to 
charges being laid.

"We find them in fields and (private) properties and sometimes they're on 
crown land. Most of them are outdoor operations, but this one here (in 
Shemogue), it's harvest time, so we were able to get them inside the house. 
Exactly where they were grown at, we don't know. There's so many people 
that have them out there, it's hard to tell where it came from," he explained

Investigations into the recent incidents are currently ongoing.
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