Pubdate: Wed, 15 Aug 2012
Source: Windsor Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2012 The Windsor Star
Author: Trevor Wilhelm


Police want the public to be wary of booby traps and bad guys, but to 
keep an eye out for more "suspicious horticulture" after someone 
stumbled across a marijuana field on provincial land.

"The potential is there that there could be additional growops within 
the city," said Sgt. Matthew D'Asti of Windsor police. "It's getting 
into mid-August and these plants are probably getting ready for 
harvest. If anybody has information about suspicious horticulture, 
give us a call."

The drugs and guns unit started looking into the case Monday after 
someone spotted the plants while out for a walk on public land. 
Police aren't revealing the location.

Officers went to the area and found 77 plants ranging in height from 
six inches to four feet. Police said the plants are worth $77,000. 
They have no suspects.

D'Asti said pot growers will likely be getting busier over the next 
few weeks because it's getting close to harvest time.

"Late summer is when these plants are going to be maturing," said 
D'Asti. "Certainly, they're going to be getting taller. Some of these 
plants were up to four feet already. So in the next few weeks they'll 
be maturing even more so and getting ready for harvest, for sure."

Police want the public to call them if they come across what they 
think are marijuana plants, even if they're not sure. He also 
stressed that people shouldn't go near the pot plants.

"They should just call it and, best as they can, describe the 
location to our officers so we can can go out and look at it," said 
D'Asti. "We want to ensure the public is safe and if they come across 
something they should just leave the investigating to us and call it in."

He said wading into a marijuana field is fraught with potential 
danger. You could come face to face with drug traffickers who aren't 
happy to find you poking around their business. D'Asti added that 
marijuana grow-ops are often boobytrapped to keep people away.
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