Combined forces seem the way to go in war against narcotics in the James Bay area according to a press release from the Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui police. In what is being called the largest operation conducted by a combined force police seized $30,000 worth of narcotics from two rural camps. They also destroyed several hundred dollars worth of growing apparatus, cultivation equipment and chemical supplements.
This was the first time the Whapmagoostui police have participated in a combined forces operation with the Chisasibi police and the Radisson Surette du Quebec detachment.
While serving the general drug warrant police used a helicopter, four trucks and a boat.
The boat was used to land seven officers near the camps with the helicopter providing air support while back-up units were on stand-by in case of trouble. The ground team was lead by Chisasibi’s Assistant Director of Police Larry Ross. The overall operation was under the direction of Corporal Michael Basque. The two cultivation areas had been confirmed before the raid took place.