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  Project in North Durham Yields Results

Oct 10, 2008 11:29 ET

A month-long investigation into drug use around North Durham high schools has resulted in 17 arrests and $240,000 in drugs and property seized.

North Durham Target Team officers assisted by uniform officers in plain clothes concluded a month long project targeting street level drug trafficking around North Durham high schools and associated areas.

Ten students, all under 18-years-old, were arrested and charged with offences including: Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Controlled Substance and several Breaches of Recognizance. Approximately $1,500 in drugs was seized at the high schools.

As a part of the investigation, a Scugog couple was charged with: Production and Cultivation of Marihuana and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Marihuana. Over $47,000 in drugs was seized along with a stolen camper trailer.

Three Toronto area men caught harvesting marihuana on the shores of Lake Scugog were charged with: Production and Cultivation of Marihuana and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in Marihuana. Over $9,000 in drugs was seized along with a 2004 Toyota Van, 12 ft. aluminum boat and motor and trailer as offence related property.

An 18 year-old Beaverton man was charged with: Mischief Under $5,000 to a vehicle in the Beaverton area.

A 22 year-old Caesarea man was charged with: Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

Approximately $8,000 in drugs seized along with a 1994 GMC Jimmy that was seized as offence related property.

Five additional indoor and outdoor marihuana growing operations were also dismantled with a total of approximately $146,000 in drugs seized.

Six other youths were also arrested in the Port Perry area for drug related offences but were later released without charges.

North Durham Criminal Investigations Branch will continue to move against drug trafficking in and around schools to ensure that students can attend a safe school and obtain an education.

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