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high-tech pot-spotting drones
    #637422 - 09/14/12 09:41 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

Spotting marijuana plants from the sky isn’t difficult, says Sgt. Jeff Leder of the Halton Police guns and gangs unit, and it’s a lot easier than hunting through thick brush on foot.

That’s where drones come in handy in the war on drugs.

On Tuesday, officers used one of the unmanned aerial vehicles to locate 744 marijuana plants — with a street value of about $1,000 per plant — in a field in the north end of Milton.

“It’s pretty easy to spot.” said Sgt. Leder. “A lot of the spots these growers pick are in farm fields.” The dark green marijuana plants stand out against the other plants, typically corn.

“A lot of these areas are fairly remote and swampy,” he added. “[There’s] a lot of brush, and it is tough for officers to get in there and remove the plant. Seeing from the air, we can get a better idea of where to go in and walk in directly.”

Halton Police have had the drone since 2009, said Sgt. David Cross, and have used it for a variety of purposes, including monitoring crime scenes, crash investigations and search and rescue.

The drone runs on batteries that provide 25 minutes of flight time, according to the manufacturer, Aeryon Labs of Waterloo. The unit returns to its starting point when it detects that the battery is low.

Halton police say the drone is stored in a warehouse, and brought out only when the need arises.


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Re: high-tech pot-spotting drones [Re: P-O]
    #637477 - 09/15/12 06:54 PM (5 years, 8 months ago)

yup everyone and their grandma is using R/C hobby battery powered quad copters now (went to an RC convention recently and omfg servos are getting super tiny) , they are affordable i'd think less than 1000$ can have you in the air the tech you outfit it with will end up costing more, making them autonomous isnt too hard i bet i could code up something simple with an arduino with some sensors :wink: good thing the range sucks

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