Kentucky State Police to Resume Costly Helicopter Marijuana Eradication Campaign

Thomas H. Clarke | July 1, 2013OWENSBORO, KY — Kentucky State Police helicopters will return to the skies in search of marijuana fields as part of the agency’s annual marijuana eradication campaign.Rising fuel costs and a shrinking eradication budget will force the helicopters out of the air sooner than in years past, and the agency …

Kentucky State police, coroner accused of smuggling eyeballs

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky State Police trooper, a retired State Police colonel and a county coroner have been accused of several crimes including transporting moonshine and eyeballs.News outlets report Scott County Coroner John Goble and retired State Police Lt. Col. Mike Crawford were indicted Thursday on multiple counts of receiving stolen property. The …

2007: Kentucky goes after ‘Marijuana Belt’ growers

(A historical post from 2007 about marijuana eradication in Kentucky)   Posted 9/30/2007 Kentucky state police, National Guard members, Drug Enforcement Administration agents, U.S. Forest Service spotters and others are part of a strike force based in London, Ky., that works dawn to dark to eradicate marijuana harvests. The remote and rugged terrain, including the …

Joint effort: KSP, task force in midst of marijuana eradication

BY GINA KINSLOW [email protected] GLASGOW — The growing season for marijuana is about to come to an end in Kentucky. Marijuana cultivation season begins in mid-spring and lasts until the first frost, which means law enforcement agencies such as the Barren River Drug Task Force and the Kentucky State Police are busy during that time …

Kentucky business group gets behind industrial hemp, but hurdles remain

      By Beth Musgrave — [email protected] FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce joined a growing chorus of high-profile supporters on Friday who want to let Kentucky farmers grow industrial hemp, but the effort continues to face an uphill battle. Bills have been filed in the House and Senate that would license farmers …

Judge tosses 150 pounds of marijuana over GPS use in Kentucky

    LOUISVILLE — When Kentucky State Troopers stopped 49-year-old Robert Dale Lee on Interstate 75 in September 2011, they knew he would be coming their way and what to look for in his car. The Drug Enforcement Administration had been following Lee’s car from Chicago using a GPS — a tracking device placed on …