Swiss Police Used Google Earth to Find Illegal Marijuana Plantations


While using Google Earth, Swiss police discovered that not all green masses on their screen are trees and jungles. In fact, they discovered a huge  marijuana plantation hidden inside a corn field!

I don't know what I'm more suprised with: the weed farm or the police using rudimentary software available to any internet user to crack the case.

Officers discovered the hemp field in the northeastern canton (state) of Thurgau last year while investigating an alleged drug ring, said the head of Zurich police's specialist narcotics unit Norbert Klossner.

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.

"It was an interesting chance discovery," said Klossner.


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On Google Earth the building I have worked in for one year next month is STILL the parking lot that was here 4 years ago before construction started. That pot has either been replanted again and again and again, or the story is bogus.
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About fifteen years ago I stopped near Maidstone in Kent to pick some strawberries for a visit to Mum. The long walk from the car park was past a field with cannabis growing in it. I asked the woman at the field and she said that surprisingly few people noticed what it was, but that it was a very low THC variety being grown for specialist ropemaking. Needed a special licence, too.
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