The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force last week seized more than 250 marijuana plants hidden in farm fields across northern Cayuga County.
Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler tells Finger Lakes News Radio they used Army National Guard helicopters to locate the contraband.
He adds future interdiction efforts might use drones instead of choppers.
Task force members from APD, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office and the National Guard Counter Drug Task Force are now working to find the growers who will face charges of illegally cultivating their illicit crop.
The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force in conjunction with the NY Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force Air Assets, the NY State Police, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and the Cayuga County District Attorney’s Office this week conducted a marijuana eradication detail in the northern portion of Cayuga County.
Over 250 marijuana plants ranging in size from 3-10 feet were removed from multiple properties throughout northern Cayuga County on Wednesday and Thursday.
A release from Auburn Police Chief Shawn Butler says arrests will be forthcoming and more eradication details are planned in the future.
The Finger Lakes Drug Task Force is comprised of members of the Auburn Police Department, Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office, and the NY Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force.