Marijuana Patches Spotted in Helicopter Flyover of DeKalb County

June 30, 2020
By: Dwayne Page

Members of the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication conducted a helicopter flyover of DeKalb County two weeks ago and found several patches.

Sheriff Patrick Ray said around 400 plants were found and seized during the operation.

During the first day of the flyover on Tuesday, June 16 marijuana patches were found off Jefferson Road, Seven Springs Road, and Lakeview Drive off Highway 56 North. The following day, Wednesday June 17 marijuana was also spotted from the flyover near Goose Creek.

No arrests have yet been made.

“We are actively investigating these cases to determine if we can charge anyone,” said Sheriff Ray.

Founded in 1983, the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication (GTFME) is a partnership between TBI, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Tennessee National Guard. Throughout the year, the Task Force seeks out marijuana grow operations and arrests individuals who knowingly participate in this illegal activity.