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Police bearing up after drug swoop

Published 19/08/2010 | 08:39

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer near a marijuana crop in Christina Lake as two bears walk towards him
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer near a marijuana crop in Christina Lake as two bears walk towards him

Police who uncovered two marijuana fields near Canada's border with the US had to tread carefully - as 13 black bears were wandering around the crops.

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The fields of about 2,300 plants were found near Christina Lake, just a few miles from the border.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police corporal Dan Moskaluk said that when police arrived in the area two weeks ago, they discovered the bears and cautiously went about making the seizure. The property's two owners were arrested on charges of production and possession of a controlled substance.

Cpl Moskaluk said the bears were docile and obviously used to humans. They could be put down if they are too habituated to people.

It is unclear if the two arrested used the bears to guard the fields or just liked having them as pets.

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