The St. Francois
County Marijuana eradication program began in earnest in 1992
1992 we had a re-active approach to the cultivation of marijuana,
deputies waited until a farmer or hunter located plants and then remove
them if no suspects were readily available.
1992, we adopted a pro-active style of eradication by
following up on suspicious trespassing calls, searching remote areas with
access to water, utilizing a
hotline in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and doing
aerial searches from helicopter and fixed wing aircraft.
have received equipment, manpower and weapons through federal grants, with
no cost to the department. There have been undercover operations
on the street for years with limited success. Our success is due
in part because Marijuana growers have been forced to change their methods.
Through our efforts growers have gone from large crops in remote areas
to small patches to indoor operations where they have to supply their own
light, water and soil. This gets into their pockets and makes
deniability very difficult with plants in their residence.
While our task force
still works on street level sales, our team works on the source.
motto, "If it's in the shirt it belongs to the task force.
If it's in the dirt it's the responsibility of the St. Francois County
Sheriff's Department Cannabis Eradication Team".
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