Criminals Targetting Marihuana Grow Ops
September 3, 2013: As illegal marihuana crops are now being prepared for
distribution, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds all Ontario residents to be
aware of their safety near marihuana growing and processing locations.
The OPP is pro-actively warning everyone there are many safety risks associated
with the annual marihuana harvest and distribution process. During this time of
year, many outdoor marihuana crops have been harvested. Other criminals who target
specific homes and locations for robberies and home invasions are a concern for
The OPP is warning people who own or occupy premises used for the growing and processing
of marihuana that they are not only jeopardizing their own safety, but also the
safety of their families and other occupants.
If you have any information regarding illegal marihuana grow ops, contact the OPP,
your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
- Marihuana plants are bright green in colour and grow to between three and five feet
in height. Marihuana leaves have seven jagged fingers and the plants give off a
strong, pungent, musty odour.
- Ontario-grown marihuana is typically distributed throughout the province and exported
to the United States. Drugs, such as cocaine, as well as weapons and cash often
return to Ontario to fuel other criminal enterprises.
- In 2010, OPP Drug Enforcement Unit and its partners investigated 586 indoor and
outdoor marihuana grows, destroying 218,168 marihuana plants. Another 2,190 kilograms
of dried marihuana was confiscated, bringing the total value of seized marihuana
to $258 million.
OPP Contact Information
- OPP Non-emergency Phone: 1-888-310-1122
- CRIME STOPPERS: 1-800-222-T.I.P.S. (8477)
- OPP Website
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- Elgin County OPP: 519-631-2920
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- Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: toll free at 1-888-654-9426 or www.antifraudcentre.ca