Every year, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation coordinated efforts with the Madison County Sheriff’s office to do the Marijuana Eradication Program.
Explaining this procedure was Lt. Eric Semler.
“On Aug. 10, we did our annual flight and were able to get 132 marijuana plants eradicated in the county,” Semler said. “This was a joint effort.”
This year, the helicopter that was utilized in our county was provided by the Butler County sheriffs office.
The helicopter flies over every county in the state of Ohio every year around summertime.
Involved in the program are agents from BCI, London Police Department, Madison County and Butler County sheriff’s office.
Normally, “the marijuana plants are valued at $1,000 a plant when they are matured,” said Semler.
$132,000 worth of marijuana was confiscated.
According to Semler, this amount is normal compared to past numbers in recent years.
If the plants are found on someone’s property, then there will be an investigation to find out who the marijuana belongs to.
“This year, there was one place we found on the curbage of a property and we are currently investigating that. The rest of them were in cornfields, heavily wooded areas that we could not put with an individual,” explained Semler.
The found marijuana is eventually taken to be destroyed.
Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.