KSP to start flyovers in search of marijuana

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police helicopters will resume flyovers this summer as part of the agency's annual marijuana eradication campaign.

Rising fuel costs, though, means the helicopters won't log as many hours in the air as in the past.

Instead of conducting blanket flights, the agency will target areas where pot has been grown frequently in the past and will use tips from the public to schedule areas for flyovers.

State Police spokesman Trooper Stu Recke told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer a helicopter works out of one post for about a week during the summer doing marijuana eradication work.

The agency also works with the National Guard to do marijuana eradication. But the joint effort usually focuses on eastern Kentucky.


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