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Weather Hampers Marijuana Eradication


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Oct 22, 2005
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20 Sep 2006

by Jeff Helsdon, Staff Writer,
Tips Have Assisted With Seizures

Tillsonburg News -- Weather has hampered the Ontario Provincial Police's annual marijuana eradication campaign.

Constable Mark Foster of Norfolk OPP said the OPP helicopter was scheduled to be in Norfolk to assist with aerial spotting of illegal crops. Mechanical problems with the helicopter and rainy weather resulted in no air time over Norfolk.

"You can't fly when it's raining to do the type of work we're trying to do," Foster said.

Public tips have assisted with other seizures throughout the summer. With the exception of seizing 527 plants in former Townsend Township, most of the seizures have been small. OPP Const. Dennis Harwood said there have been no large plantings of illegal crops found yet this year by Oxford OPP either.

He said it's nearing the time of year when there starts to be more activity in the fields.

"It's nearing the end of the growing season," Harwood said. "Certainly the idea is to get the marijuana before the combines do."

If people have information on the location of marijuana plantations in rural areas, Harwood asked they contact either Crime Stoppers or their local police. He said the public's assistance is instrumental in assisting police to find the illegal grows.

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