Officials said “a few” plants have been found.
Authorities in Ohio have been searching for cannabis grows this week as part of an ongoing “marijuana eradication operation.”
Earlier this year, New Zealand took to the skies in search of cannabis a year after it reported it would cease the annual aerial hunt. The national operation has an average cost of about $700,000 and police say they target gang-affiliated, large-scale commercial growers.
In February, however, those resources were put to use to fly a helicopter over the home of an elderly couple and spray three plants that were being grown for medical purposes.
The couple, who was not named, told Stuff that they were eating dinner when they noticed the helicopter approaching.
“It got closer and closer and then just zoomed in on this little hill about 80 metres from our house and sprayed three small cannabis plants that were in pots up on the hills,” the man reported.
“We could see the pilot, he could see us, we waved to them, and he was just sitting there above the hills spraying the plants and then just buggered off.”
The man reportedly uses CBD oil after an operation to remove cancer, preferring the plant to his prescribed tramadol, an opioid pain medication, while his wife has an autoimmune disease and uses cannabis to help her sleep.
“The spraying of our plants seems like overkill. We would’ve been happy if someone had knocked on our door and said, ‘Hey, we’ve had a complaint,’ or something … we would’ve destroyed them if they asked us to,” the man told Stuff, adding that the ordeal was “pretty horrific and distressing.”
Subscribe to Weekend Dispensary, a weekly newsletter from The GrowthOp.