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News (Media Awareness Project) - CN MB: Grow-Ops On The Rise In Manitoba, Mounties Say
Title:CN MB: Grow-Ops On The Rise In Manitoba, Mounties Say
Published On:2012-01-30
Source:Metro, The (CN MB)
Fetched On:2012-02-02 06:01:08

Police are doing what they can to attack the organized criminals
behind the drug trade, as well as growers and traffickers, RCMP say

One of Canada's top Mounties says more drug traffickers from across
Canada are setting up elaborate and sophisticated grow-ops in rural
Manitoba bankrolled by organized crime.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Robinson says the province's
Mounties took 15,000 marijuana plants last year in just over 1,000
seizures. That's double from the year before.

He says much of the pot was grown in sophisticated greenhouses in
rural locations and was destined for streets across Canada. Some of
it was genetically modified to produce "super-trees" rather than
regular marijuana plants.

The increasing number of non-residents arrested suggests a crackdown
on drugs in other provinces is driving criminals to set up shop in
rural Manitoba, Robinson said in a briefing Friday.

"We're seeing the end product of a lot of enforcement that's taking
place in other parts of the country," he said. "In Manitoba, of
course, we're a rural province. We've got lots of land. We've got
some very isolated locations with old farmyards where people can set up.

"If you can grow 3,500 marijuana super-trees in greenhouses in a
rural location versus a small basement in the north end (of
Winnipeg), where are you going to go? You are going to go into a
location where you are making the biggest bang for your buck."
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