Authorites Try Fly-Over Again After Jerome Pot Bust
Jerome County, Idaho (KMVT-TV) It's been making headlines lately...Marijuana grow locations on the forefront once again. On Thursday morning, Jerome County and Idaho State Police flew over parts of Jerome County looking for related activity.
"The last couple of weeks have been very busy for area agencies in terms of the war on drugs. On Wednesday, Idaho State Police and Jerome County harvested 1,100 marijuana plants from the southwest portion of the county. Then on thursday, they were back out again," says Sgt. Rick Cowen, Jerome County Sheriff's Office.
Doug McFall serves the county as a sheriff . But he's also a pilot?
Yes, that's Sheriff McFall taking off with an Idaho State Police detective, headed out to hopefully find more plants.
Sgt. Cowen adds, "we have trained spotter personnel that we have sent to California to a spotter program. And we send them up, try to get them in the air several times a year. They know what to look for, what they're wanting to see down there and then we send people using radios to locate and check those fields."
They can cover several hundred miles of ground in just a few hours.
But unlike Wednesday, when they took potentially $2 million worth of Marijuana off the street, they didn't find any plants on Thursday.
And as Sgt. Cowen explains, Marijuana once harvested, isn't always a consistent drug.
"People lace it with all kinds of different chemicals, Methamphetamine and things. So people who think they're getting plain Marijuana sometimes get fairly dangerous things. We want to get if off the street and make our community safe."
Fly–overs while proven successful as in Wednesday's case, face their share of obstacles.
"Hopefully we can do them several more times this year. It's hard to tell based on man–power, availability and things."
Through the air and on the ground, area agencies are looking to continue their efforts in keeping these drugs out of circulation.
The Marijuana plants confiscated this week will be destroyed after authorities obtain a court order.