NOTEBOOK DETAILS WORK DONE
From germinating seeds on cookie sheets to weeding, watering and shovelling manure, there was plenty of work to go around at what the prosecution contends was the largest marijuana grow-op in Saskatchewan history.
A notebook labelled "payroll hours records" examined by jurors Thursday at a Regina drug trial gives a glimpse of long days and back-breaking work at the Fort Qu'Appelle-area site uncovered more than two years ago.
The document indicates someone identified only as "Bob" worked as much as 12 hours a day. Meanwhile, "Stan" spent more than 14 hours over two days "shovelling cow shit," as the record reads. "John" built a greenhouse; "Ian" was available "P/T after school;" and "The Briguy," who started Friday the 13th, had duties that included making water lines, weeding and "spegghetti ( sic )." Even "Elvis" put in time.
The top of one page in the notebook reads, "first 3,000 out July." There's also notations indicating the "summer grow schedule" began April 20; there was transplanting into pots on May 18; "in ground" on June 15; and "finish" would occur between Aug. 15 and 20.
On Aug. 21, 2005 RCMP, including members of the Emergency Response Team ( ERT ), launched a pre-dawn raid on the site, located near the properties of Joseph and Robert Agecoutay on the Pasqua First Nation.
On trial for unlawful production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking are [redacted].
Regina police Const. Jeff Wagner, a member of the integrated drug unit, said he counted 6,088 plants growing in plots or greenhouses on the site. When samples of those plants were analysed, they all returned the same result -- cannabis marijuana.
During cross-examination of several witnesses, some of the six defence lawyers have asked about industrial hemp.
Wagner also seized a laptop computer, found in the bushes by a police dog tracking three men -- later identified as [redacted] -- who fled from a teepee located near six large greenhouses.
Retired RCMP Cpl. Mike Boyce, who was with the technical crime unit, said the portable computer, on which the owner was identified only as "Luke," held thousands of photographs.
Among the images is a close-up of a lush, green plant that someone has titled "looks Mexican." Another picture of plants is named "breeders." In another photo named "Oooh baby," [redacted] is looking out the rear of a vehicle filled with leafy, green plants.
Wagner also took possession of three shotguns and eight rifles. According to analysis certificates, two of the shotguns -- found inside [redacted] house -- had shorter than regulation barrels. Wagner demonstrated how an approximately metre-long metal pipe was found on the end of a sawed-off shotgun.
Crown prosecutor Darrell Blais is expected to call his final two witnesses today and Monday.
Regina Leader-Post (CN SN)
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