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Aviation unit detects marijuana plants, stolen vehicles

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Numerous pot plants and two stolen vehicles have been located by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit.

On July 23, 2013 the Aviation Unit was on a special assignment in Franklin County. The Franklin County Sheriff's Office had requested the aviation unit to come to Franklin County and assist in marijuana eradication. Throughout the day Deputies seized 91 marijuana plants from 9 plots. These plants would have an estimated value of $227,500.00 at maturity.

Two stolen motorcycles were also discovered during this operation. The motorcycles were detected by the LoJack receiver that is installed on the Wayne County Sheriff's Office aircraft, The motorcycles were reported stolen from Mecklenburg County and were detected when the aircraft was flying nears Castalia, North Carolina. The flight crew was then able to track the signal south to an area behind the Nash County Sheriff's Office. A DMV officer with a ground tracking unit then was able to locate the two vehicles in a building. One person has been charged. One of the motorcycles, a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R600 was reported stolen on July 16, 2013. The other, a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R100 was reported stolen at 10:55a.m., the morning it was located.

Wayne County Communications assisted the flight crew in the tracking.

All fuel for this assignment was paid for by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.     

 

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