US police are now using Google Earth as a resource to uncover illegal marijuana grows throughout the country. Most recently, Oregon authorities discovered what appeared to be an illegal outdoor marijuana grow and used an aircraft to verify their suspicions.
The original satellite views, taken in June, shows several marijuana plants planted in neat rows in the back yard of a home. The homeowner, Curtis Croft, was a legal medical marijuana patient in Oregon, but was found to be growing almost three times the number of plants than the state’s law allows.
Croft was registered to grow medical marijuana for five people, which amounts to 30 mature plants, but police raid in September seized 94 plants, according to authorities.
Croft was arraigned on drug charges last week and released.
Police cite Google Earth as the tool that led them to Croft in the first place.