Grow Op on Bruce Peninsula
Friday, October 5, 2012 10:35 PMby
OPP discover field full of 175 plants, issue reminder about harvest season for drugs.
(South Bruce Peninsula)
Yet another grow-op has been uncovered by the OPP.
The latest crop was found in a field in South Bruce Peninsula on Tuesday and Bruce Peninsula OPP say the plants were ready to be harvested.
The 175 plants have an estimated value of 175 thousand dollars.
No arrest has been made, and OPP continue to investigate.
With the annual harvest period drawing to a close, OPP remind residents and visitors of the dangers associated with outdoor marihuana grow-ops.
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.
Common indicators of outdoor marihuana grow operations include:
1. Abandoned vehicles parked on side roads or trails.
2. People observed walking in remote areas for no apparent reason.
3. Bags of fertilizer, planting trays or chemicals located in remote areas.
4. Well-trampled trails in wooded or swamp areas.
5. Cleared out areas in swamps, wooded areas or corn fields.
6. Recent posting of “No Trespassing” signs.
Public Safety Tips
If you discover or suspect an outdoor marihuana grow operation:
1. As soon as possible, call your local police or Crime Stoppers.
2. Do not touch the marihuana plants due to potential chemical residue on the plants.
3. If confronted by a marihuana grower, leave the area immediately and contact police.
4. If possible and safe to do so, record any license plate or GPS information and notify police.
5. In some cases, outdoor marihuana grows are guarded or protected by booby- traps. If you discovered a crop of marihuana plants, do not enter the area! For your personal safety, turn around and immediately leave the area the same way you came in.
If you have any information regarding illegal marihuana grow ops, contact your local police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).