Sunday, February 01, 2009

Google Earth Leads Swiss Police to Marijuana Field

When Google Earth first came out, a friend told me how his son had discovered his wife had been cheating on him. The son searched for his house on Google Earth, and saw a truck in his driveway that belonged to his wife's ex-boyfriend. Needless to say, that ended the marriage.

Now Google Earth is helping Swiss police track down ne'er-do-wells. Even if it is by accident.

Dude, I can see your pot from here

This past Thursday, they discovered a marijuana plantation while using Google Earth. They spotted the two acre plantation inside a corn field while they were trying to find the address of two farmers they suspected were involved in a drug ring.

"It was an interesting chance discovery," Norbert Klossner, head of the Zurich police narcotics unit, told the Associated Press.

Police discovered the field last year, and it led to the arrest of 16 people and seizure of 1.2 US tons of marijuana as well as cash and valuables worth $780,000.

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