Chatham-Kent Crime Stoppers wrapped up 2020 with another banner year, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Noting there were 75 to 80 fewer calls than normal, outgoing co-ordinator Chatham-Kent police Const. David Bakker said the service “seemed to be pretty consistent.”
Statistics from local Crime Stoppers showed the 702 calls received last year resulted in 53 arrests and 122 charges laid, along with 120 cases being cleared.
Bakker said the $158,400 in recovered property was up a little from the year before.
The value of drugs seized is one area where the Crime Stoppers program consistently excels and that was the case again in 2020, with $10,083,606 worth of drugs confiscated.
“We received several tips regarding illegal marijuana grows and that helped boost the numbers,” Bakker said.
That included tips about a large amount of pot found at a greenhouse on Maynard Line, south of Chatham, last September, he added. Police reported seizing more than $7.3 million worth marijuana from the property.