Op­er­a­tion Ci­saille is on

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEF - Mem­phré­m­a­gog

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.

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