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Johnson County deputies fighting drug crimes from the air

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Johnson County deputies took to the skies Friday searching for marijuana growing below.

"Kind of like looking for a needle in a haystack type of thing. We take the information that we have. We fly that area in many different directions," said Deputy/Spotter Kevin Pelphrey.

Circling just a few hundred feet above Johnson County the spotters kept their eyes locked on the ground below specific to areas they have received public tips about.

"I think it's a good deterrent just to let people know that we're not only working on the prescription drug problem, but we're also working on marijuana and other drugs as well," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

Deputies say spotting the marijuana from the air is no easy task, but they say several of them have specific training to be able to do just that.

"We weren't real successful today. We saw some things that we're going to follow up on," said Pilot/Deputy Chris Blair.

They say one quiet day is not going to keep them out of the air.

"Right now is the time to really start hitting it pretty good, and hopefully we'll do it again here in a few weeks if the weather cooperates and stuff," said Pelphrey.

Deputies ask anyone with information about similar crimes to contact the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

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