OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police are preparing for helicopter flights this summer to check rural areas of the state for marijuana plants.
The Messenger-Inquirer reports every state police post plans to participate in the sweeps. Officials say while helicopter searches will be performed in every county, the time spent in each one depends on how much of the illegal drug is found in an initial flyover.
Trooper Corey King, public information officer for KSP's Henderson post, said the annual summer eradication flights have been successful and have cause some growers to flee.
During the flights, the helicopter crew directs troopers on the ground to the spot where marijuana is sighted, and then the drug is collected and destroyed.