Cops Bust Pot Plantation With Google Earth

Swiss farmers find they can't hide crop from satellite images

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 30, 2009 6:52 AM CST

(Newser) – Swiss cops using Google Earth to check out the addresses of two suspects discovered a 2-acre marijuana plantation hidden in a field of corn, reports the AP. The bust led to the arrest of 16 men, suspected of selling 7 tons of marijuana and hashish during the last 4 years. "It was an interesting chance discovery," commented the chief of Zurich police's narcotics unit.

Swiss police found a 2-acre marijuana plantation by using Google Earth to look at the addresses of two farmers suspected of being part of a drug ring.
Swiss police found a 2-acre marijuana plantation by using Google Earth to look at the addresses of two farmers suspected of being part of a drug ring.   (©luistxo eta marije)
Two farmers' efforts to hide their drug plantation in a field of corn failed to fool cops checking satellite images.
Two farmers' efforts to hide their drug plantation in a field of corn failed to fool cops checking satellite images.   (Shutter Stock)
Swiss cops arrested 16 men after the Google Earth find and seized 1.2 tons of marijuana.
Swiss cops arrested 16 men after the Google Earth find and seized 1.2 tons of marijuana.   (©Uncleweed)
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