Kentucky State Police have launched their annual outdoor campaign to eradicate marijuana in the Commonwealth and will aggressively look for individuals who buy and sell the illegal substance.
The KSP Cannabis Suppression Branch launched their annual campaign with a two-day training that included aerial spotting, ATV training and booby trap awareness.
Commander for the Cannabis Suppression Branch, Lieutenant Brent Roper was quoted as saying that state police take this operation very serious and for that reason, provide troopers with the best training available to keep them safe while eradicating large number of plants.
Lieutenant Roper says in 2011, Kentucky marijuana suppression teams destroyed about 400,000 outdoor pot plants from over 5,000 plots, which resulted in 371 arrests.
Lieutenant Roper adds that one developed pot plant can be processed into one pound of packaged marijuana, which is worth about $2,000 on the street.
Nearly $800 million worth of outdoor pot was eradicated in the Commonwealth last year, thanks to the ongoing efforts of several law enforcement agencies, including KSP.