Marijuana Growers Beware - Google Earth is Watching
Mary Richard | January 30, 2009 at 04:11 pmby
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ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -- Swiss police said Thursday they stumbled across a large marijuana plantation while using Google Earth, the search engine company's satellite mapping software.
The find led to the arrest of 16 people and seizure of 1.2 tons of marijuana as well as cash and valuables totalling $780,000.
Officers discovered the hemp field last year while investigating an alleged drug ring.
The plantation, measuring almost two acres (7,500 square meters), was hidden inside a field of corn. But officers using Google Earth to locate the address of two farmers suspected of involvement in the drug operation quickly spotted the illegal crop.
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