Drug agents use aerial surveillance to seize pot plants


By Chris Berendt - [email protected]



TURKEY — Sampson County Sheriff authorities discovered 18 marijuana plants, some stalks measuring up to 10 feet tall, as part of normal aerial enforcement in the county on Monday, officials said.

Agents with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Divison conducted a marijuana eradication operation using aerial assistance from other agencies and located the plants, which Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith said ranged from 4 feet to 10 feet tall. The plants were located around 2 p.m. Monday in a wooded area at West Road and New Hope Church Road, just south of N.C. 24 in the Turkey area.

“The plants were seized and the investigation is ongoing,” said Smith, who noted the stalks have an estimated street value of $45,000.

He said the discovery was made as part of a “normal eradication flyover,” which the Sheriff’s Office conducts “periodically.” Such eradication programs often fall between the spring and fall, while farmers are planting, cultivating and harvesting crops.

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By Chris Berendt

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