Media Advisory - The RCMP dismantles an international drug distribution network on the internet

MONTREAL, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Members of the Marihuana Grow OperationsEnforcement Team of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police concluded their firstmajor operation when they uncovered a Montreal based criminal organizationinvolved in the trafficking, importation and exportation of cannabis seeds, aswell as in conspiring for the purpose of cannabis cultivation via theInternet. This operation was launched in November 2004 under the name"Courriel" and culminated with the seizure of 200,000 cannabis seeds and thearrest of seven persons. The amount of seeds seized during the searches could have made itpossible to operate the equivalent of 500 cannabis greenhouses of 400 plantseach. To find out all the details of this operation, journalists are invited toattend a press conference at the RCMP Headquarters in Quebec. WHAT: Press conference Project Courriel WHERE: RCMP Headquarters 4225 Dorchester Blvd. Westmount (Quebec) WHEN: February 28, 2006 10 a.m. The head of operations, RCMP Drug Section, an expert witness on marihuanaand a representative of the RCMP Drug and Organized Crime Awareness Servicewill be available to answer questions from the media. It should be noted that Project "Courriel", a first in Canada, is thefruit of the work of the new Marihuana Grow Operations Enforcement Team. Thisnew drug enforcement team is one of the seven teams established by the RoyalCanadian Mounted Police across Canada in 2004 in an effort to target thescourge of marihuana.For further information: Communications Office, (514) 939-8308