Drug action team had busy year

Press Release

The Fort Frances Community Drug Action Team (CDAT) has investigated a number of drug-related incidents throughout Rainy River District during 2010.
The OPP is pleased to provide the public with an overview of the statistical results from those investigations.
Officers hope the information will bring awareness to our community partners and local residents to demonstrate the prevalence and type of substance issues occurring in our area, and the police response to such crimes.
CDAT’s investigative actions have resulted in:
•41 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act Charges;
•23 Criminal Code charges;
•32 people arrested by police; and
•10 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrants executed
Eleven firearms were seized by police, along with $10,864 in cash.
As well, the following drugs were seized (listed here with their estimated street value):
•3,242 grams of marijuana—$64,820;
•350 marijuana plants—$350,000;
•431 prescription pills;
•46 tablets of 40 mg Oxy ($50 each)—$2,300;
•228 tablets of 80 mg Oxy ($100 each)—$22,800;
•30 tablets of 20 mg Oxy ($30 each)—$900;
•54 tablets of Percocet ($8 each)—$432;
•24 tablets of 100 mg morphine ($100 each)—$2,400;
•49 tablets of 30 mg morphine ($30 each)—$1,470;
•15 tablets of ecstasy pills ($10 each)—$150; and
•two grams of cocaine ($100 per gram)—$200.
OPP officers continue to work in conjunction with community partners to target substance misuse and drug-related criminal activity throughout the district.
In addition to investigating criminal offences, officers work daily with various community partners to build awareness and educate residents about the prevalence of substance misuse.
Through partnerships with the Opiate Task Force and Rainy River District Substance Abuse Prevention Team, and teaching D.A.R.E. at all 15 schools within Rainy River District, the goal is harm reduction and a safer community.
Get involved and participate in drug abuse prevention (monthly meeting dates are available by calling your community services officer).
The OPP encourage members of our communities to actively report substance misuse to police officers.
The Fort Frances Community Drug Action Team also would like to remind residents to contact Crime Stoppers if they have any information pertaining to criminal activity.
Crime Stoppers allow informants to remain anonymous while being eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 if their information helps solve a crime.
They can anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, by visiting www.tipshelp.com, or by texting “tip262 and their tip information” to CRIMES (274637).