Article by Jason Viau, CBC News
The Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers moved quickly to terminate its president after he was charged in connection with an alleged marijuana grow operation in Leamington.
During an emergency board meeting Thursday afternoon Jon-Paul Fuller was removed from the board and ousted as president.
The sudden decision came after the OPP arrested and charged Fuller, 44, with production of marijuana and possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. Another 53-year-old Leamington man was also charged.
Police seized 2,900 pot plants worth an estimated $2.9 million, according to an OPP announcement on Friday. They also found 41 kilograms of harvested marijuana, according to the OPP.
Former president Charlie Hotham has been reinstated as head of the region’s Crime Stoppers for an undetermined amount of time. Hotham said it was important for the board to take swift action against someone “who obviously felt they were above the law.”
“I was dumbfounded. I was shocked. It was disbelief, not just by me, it was disbelief by the entire board,” he said.