Washington Co. Marijuana Flyover

By: Bryan Anderson
By: Bryan Anderson

Wausau, FL- Washington County Sheriff's investigators met up with the Bay County Sheriff's Office chopper pilot Friday morning near Wausau.

"A lot of times we already have locations picked out that we want to go, what we call hot spots, some places where we found it in the past," said Washington County Investigator Jason Cook.

News 4 flew along and got an exclusive look at how these missions work. On each flight, there's at least one trained spotter who looks out for the marijuana crops. They said they can pick them (marijuana crops) out by the distinct green color and reflection they give off.

There's also a ground crew with these missions, and what they do is when the chopper spots what looks like marijuana crops, this group checks it out.

"They (chopper crew) will walk us into the location and we will pull the plants. We will take them up, root and all, and we snatch them up, and we bring them out, and we make a count," said Cook.

The sheriff's office said it's performed a handful of these flyovers this year and seized anywhere between 750 and one thousand pot plants. On Friday, they seized 120.

"If we catch someone actively cultivating the marijuana, they will go to jail. If we can't find or put a person with it, we are going to take the dope either way," said Cook.

The sheriff's office said these day-long missions cost a couple thousand dollars each. Grant money pays for some of it, but the rest comes from the department's budget.

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