You're up in a police helicopter, looking down at 3 plants on a guy's deck. Can you really identify them as marijuana? Really? That's what they're saying, as reported by The Times at nj.com:
Peter R. Taylor, 23, was allegedly growing the marijuana on the back deck of his home on the 100 block of Coachman Drive. The plants were spotted by the state police Marijuana Eradication Unit during a helicopter flight yesterday, officials said.
“He saw the helicopter and attempted to pull the plants and destroy them,” said Sgt. Gregory Williams, a State Police spokesman.
Florence police and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office had received confidential information about the marijuana growing at Taylor’s house and initiated the joint investigation with the state police, officials said."Joint" investigation! Get it?
Law enforcement officers on the ground arrested him immediately after the team in the helicopter saw the plants, police said.
A search of the home revealed just over six ounces of processed marijuana valued at $1,800, Williams said. The three plants have a combined value of $6,000, according to the state police.If they had information from a confidential informant, why not just get a search warrant? Why the flyover?
Taylor was charged with possession of marijuana, manufacturing drugs, and hindering apprehension by destroying evidence, Florence police said.
He was released after posting $25,000 full cash bail.Here's the source.