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Pubdate: Wed, 10 Sep 2008
Source: Courier-Islander (CN BC)
Copyright: 2008 Courier-Islander (Campbell River)
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Vancouver Island Police Officers have wrapped up a six-day air and
land operation, which resulted in the eradication of over 23,000
marijuana plants from across Vancouver Island. In total, officers
visited 222 sites where marijuana was being illegally cultivated on
Crown Lands.

The aerial phase of this project commenced on Aug. 21, 2008. An
integrated team of police officers from the RCMP, Saanich Police
Department and Victoria Police Department, with the support of the
Canadian Military, took to the skies over Vancouver Island. The
Canadian Military offered transport assistance to the police officers,
in accessing remote and challenging locations.

"As anticipated, this year's project yielded a significant number of
marijuana plants, ultimately destined for sale on the streets of
Vancouver Island communities, and possibly beyond. We believe that the
sale of the eradicated marijuana would have resulted in profits for
organized crime groups, in turn funding other serious criminal
activities in our communities", said Constable Darren Lagan of the
Island District RCMP.

While the aerial portion of this project has concluded, police across
Vancouver Island remain committed to the eradication of this year's
outdoor marijuana crop.
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