Kentucky marijuana suppression teams eradicated about 400,000 outdoor pot plants last year, and they expect another busy summer this year. Personnel have been participating in training sessions that include aerial spotting, booby trap awareness, and GPS land navigation.
The seasonal enforcement campaign involves several agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, the National Guard, the US Forestry Service, the US Marshal Service, and the Kentucky State Police.
State Police Lt. Brent Roper is the current commander for the Cannabis Suppression Branch. He says marijuana is “definitely a cash crop in Kentucky,” and he believes it has become an avenue to finance trade for other illicit substances and drug trafficking operations.
The Kentucky State Police say Wayne, Knox, Bell, Lee, Knott, Casey, Monroe, Pike, Harlan, and Leslie Counties led the state last year in terms of pot plants eradicated.