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
Cops Bust Pot Plantation With Google Earth
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)

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. (More Google Earth stories.)

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