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Investigation results in $464,000 worth of drugs seized

Saturday, January 18, 2014   by: Staff



SPRUCEDALE - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), North Bay Drug Unit supported by OPP Almaguin Highlands Detachment, executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a residence in Sprucedale.

As a result of this investigation, an indoor marijuana growing operation was dismantled.

Police seized 451 cannabis marijuana plants, 673 grams of marijuana along with $1,100 cash and growing equipment.

One adult was arrested and is currently being held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The street value of the drugs seized is $464,000.

Charged is Arthur Blackwood, age 54, of Sprucedale.


  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking -1 Count
  • Production of a controlled substance - 1 Count
  • Possession of a controlled substance - 2 Counts
  • Possession of property obtained by crime - 1 Count
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Beej 1/18/2014 10:26:43 AM Report

I could see if it was Spruce Street..
Just another article that doesn't belong in the local news!!
Retreaded 1/18/2014 10:38:47 AM Report

When there is a lack of exciting local news..all news outlets go national.
frauleinbroomhilda 1/18/2014 10:44:37 AM Report

Or Raymond Street
Tom_Bom 1/18/2014 10:56:10 AM Report

The war on drugs is a failure... but don't take it from me, listen to this collection of congressmen, ft Jay and Silent Bob:
jojoe71 1/18/2014 10:57:33 AM Report

I have a friend that is to start medical marijuana. And says it's not covered by the health system and is not cheaper than the illegal street price. so my question is.....who sets the illegal price and why can't the medical one be cheaper? and also can you claim this expense on your income tax if it is doctor prescribed?
mr.jack 1/18/2014 11:04:18 AM Report

......and why is this soo news
riverman 1/18/2014 11:14:21 AM Report

I find it amusing when people complain that news stories on sootoday aren't relevant to them. Is your time really so valuable that you are frustrated at the loss of the 45 seconds it took you to click on and read a story? You wasted more time in writing a response to complain about it than it took you to read the article. It's a free news service, people. Get over it.
CTgasman 1/18/2014 11:28:05 AM Report

Amen, Riverman!
Tom_Bom 1/18/2014 11:33:03 AM Report

Well JoJoe, the price of pot on the street is the same it's always been. That is why medical marijuana users fought so hard for the option to be able to grow their own medicine as opposed to having the approved medical outlets selling it to them. The Legal Cannabis's price is greatly inflated, much more so than street level cannabis, for the sake of profit. Harper was dragged into making medical marijuana more accessible, kicking and screaming, and now we're being stuck with unbelievably high prices as our penance.
Asuna 1/18/2014 12:09:37 PM Report

just legalize it already. dear lord.
jojoe71 1/18/2014 12:57:05 PM Report

Thanks Tom ....what your saying is it is cheaper to buy it from a street dealer than a medical facility. but. You can't claim the street one on incom tax.
Tag33&1/3rd 1/18/2014 12:58:03 PM Report

Here-Here Riverman!
or is it (Hear-Hear?)
--anywho I certainly agree!
Tom_Bom 1/18/2014 1:16:57 PM Report

And keep in mind Jojoe that this was something forced upon medical marijuana patients. you used to have the option to designate someone to grow for you or you could grow your own. Now they want Medical Marijuana patients to buy a sub-par product and an outlandish price... so really it would make sense that more people would turn to the black market.

Some of the companies that manufacture the medical marijuana, one of them namely, was actually found out to have previously grown their product in a moldy underground mineshaft, so it's not like they have a history of quality that necessitates the price either.
Asuna 1/18/2014 2:44:32 PM Report

joe joe you also dont know what youre getting off the street.
medical users require specific strains in order for their medical conditions

some people need higher cbn and cbd content and lower thc,

some people need strains specific to pain relief

on the street unless you test it with a kit you will not know what youre getting

if grown properly in a medical facility the marijuana with not have pesticides or other harmful curing techniques on the street people might grow improperly, and improperly cure the marijuana ,
bounder 1/18/2014 3:24:55 PM Report

In 1970 the USA spent 1. 2millionon drug enforcement, the new price tag is 25 billion allotted to DEA, and the big deal is ,the more arrest in your neck of the woods the more money you can get.
The street level seller is arrested and if he can provide a list of middle men or higher he's let go.
They are doing the same in Canada.
Cigarettes and alcohol have killed more people than drugs ever have and continue killing, but that's ok as long as taxes are collected, why does the government want to sell Medical cannabis is simple.Lansky a famous gangster said the government will get into that business , that's where the money is.
suddenrushsarge 1/18/2014 3:28:09 PM Report

Really? Weed? Who gives a sheit anymore? It's legal in so many places now, why not just focus on harder drugs and leave the nacho eating potheads and their dealers alone?
Tag33&1/3rd 1/18/2014 4:08:34 PM Report

Pot really is a "Gateway" drug.
Too much! 1/18/2014 8:44:21 PM Report

@ tag:

I hope you're being sarcastic
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