6:57am

Tue July 10, 2012
The Commonwealth

KSP Begins Annual Eradication

Kentucky State Police is launching its annual outdoor campaign to eradicate cultivated marijuana.  The effort began with a two day training program which included aerial spotting and repel techniques along with G-P-S land navigation, ATV training, and booby trap awareness.  Cannabis Suppression Branch commander, Brent Roper says the seasonal enforcement campaign is a multi agency operation.

  Roper says it includes the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Forestry Service, National Guard, and KSP.  In 2011, Kentucky marijuana suppression teams eradicated almost 400 thousand outdoor pot plants from over five thousand plots.  It resulted in 371 arrests.  Those teams removed nearly 800 million dollars worth of outdoor pot last year.