Operation Cisaille is on
LastFriday, police searched a home on Stanstead Road after a short investigation. On the premises about 80 young marijuana plants, or cuttings, were found and confiscated along with several pounds of pot and 112 grams of hashish. Equipment that could be used in the production of marijuana was also seized. The owner of the property was not arrested but could face serious charges in the next few weeks.
For several years now, the amount of pot being grown in Quebec has been increasing. At this time of year, growers are transporting marijuana plants to outdoor locations. The police, under Operation Boutures, are hoping to stop much of this transporting, nipping the problem in the bud, so to speak. They are also hoping to find, early
in the season, marijuana plants that are easier to get rid of when they are small, all with minimum damage to agricultural land.
In 2009, all over Quebec, a total of 109,981 pot cuttings were seized and 129 arrests were made.
The Sureté du Québec is also hoping to get help from citizens throughout the summer to locate plantations of marijuana. Anyone with information about marijuana growing can call the Memphremagog MRC post of the SQ at 819 572- 6072, Info-Crime at 1-800711-1800, or 310-4141.
When the police find pot plantations, after removing the plants they identify the area with an orange “Police” ribbon and a “Cisaille” sign, to formally inform the crimi- nals that their plants were destroyed by the police and not by a third party. “We recommend that people avoid going near plantations because they can be under surveillance or booby-trapped. A call to the police will help avoid any injury,” commented Yanik Ferland, the director of the Memphremagog MRC post of the SQ.
Behaviour which may indicate an outdoor marijuana growing operation are: the coming and going of unfamiliar vehicles; empty vehicles parked near fields; unfamiliar trails; tools and garden prod- ucts scattered around; and visual clues like coloured ribbons attached to trees. Signs indicating a possible indoor growing operation are: uninhabited houses that are regularly visited; houses with covered up windows; ventilation sounds; and the smell of marijuana.