“They’re hard to spot from the ground,” Huron County Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said. “But they’re pretty easy to spot from the air.”
Law enforcement often have trouble pinpointing the people responsible for growing the plants, which are typically found in random wooded areas or between rows of corn stalks.
When the flight crew turned north Thursday afternoon, however, they made an obvious find that led to an arrest. In the 1700 block of Ox Road, near Wakeman, crews spotted buckets in a backyard, where the green bud had taken root.
“They discovered there were four buckets that contained six marijuana plants that were 5 feet high,” Patrick said.
Deputies confiscated the crop and spoke to the woman who was living inside the home, Brittney Cory, 25. They arrested her and then obtained a warrant to search the house. Inside they found a small amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and weapons, Patrick said. Deputies charged her with complicity to cultivate marijuana, a potential felony.
Detectives also spoke to Cory’s boyfriend by phone, but they have yet to speak to him in person, Patrick said. The total crop weighed about 200 grams. Huron County deputies have seized more than 600 plants in conjunction with Ohio BCI agents since earlier this summer, Patrick said. They also seized more than 90 other marijuana plants on Thursday.
“We received a few miscellaneous tips,” he said. “They’re mostly found in cornfields, but we got tips on indoor growing operations and confiscated some plants there, too.”