Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication Conducts Helicopter Flyover in DeKalb County

June 9, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Members of the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication conducted a flyover in portions of DeKalb County Wednesday searching for marijuana grow operations.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said the Task Force reported finding a total of about 30 plants in two separate grows including in-doors and outdoors at properties on Barnes Mill Road.

“They called us to come and process the scenes. We seized the marijuana and grow equipment and charges are pending,” said Sheriff Ray.

If anyone has information on any drug trafficking or other marijuana grows call the Sheriff’s Department at 615-597-4935 or the crime tip line 615-464-6400.

The Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication (GTFME) was created by Executive Order No. 51 in 1983. The TBI/TDDTF (Tennessee Dangerous Drugs Task Force) operates as the Program Director. The primary objective and mission of the GTFME remains to provide public safety for the citizens of Tennessee through:

•Seeking out the eradicating/destroying marijuana which is domestically grown;

•Prevention and deterrence of marijuana growth in Tennessee by effecting arrests, seizure and forfeiture of assets associated with the illegal activity, and prosecution of individuals and groups identified as growers, distributors, or sellers of marijuana;

•Efficient and effective collection, sharing, reporting, and utilization of intelligence information utilizing the DI3 database in furtherance of the aforementioned objectives; and

•Utilization of the latest methods and technology to dismantle, eliminate and/or disrupt these illegal actions.