Helicopter Flyover in Woodbury Results in Drug Discovery

On Wednesday, Sept. 5, a helicopter was spotted flying and landing in Woodbury. What did police find? Woodbury Police Officer Tim Wright tells us more.


Two words: Marijuana eradication. That's why a helicopter was flying around Woodbury on Wednesday, Sept. 5, said Woodbury Police Officer Tim Wright.

"This is something that I've been doing for nine years," he said. "I used to work for statewide narcotics and I became a spotter for marijuana eradication. Basically, we find big patches of marijuana growing in backyards, fields or woods."

Wright said the Statewide Narcotics Task Force got a late start because of the weather and eradicated about a dozen large marijuana plants. No arrests were made, but he said they may be forthcoming.

"A couple weeks ago, we got 150 plants," he said. "That was in Woodbury and into Watertown, on Route 6, near the Young's Nursery neighborhood but not on the Young Nursery's property."

Another targeted area from that eradication was next to the Watertown transfer station, said Wright.

When the plants are pulled from a property, they get submitted as evidence and eventually incinerated, he said.

September's Flyover

The September 5 flyover was mainly in Woodbury and Roxbury, Wright said.

When marijuana is spotted and the helicopter lands, he said the team will sometimes have to use machetes to get to the plants. But sometimes, the marijuana can just be growing in someone's backyard.


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"We did a case in Thomaston around 2006-07, and we took the guy's house," he said.

That, Wright admits, was an extreme case. The man even had more than $100,000 buried in his backyard, he said.

People Get Nervous

The helicopters do cause concern among people, he said.

"Usually people start calling police and get nervous," he said. "We use different aircrafts, anywhere from military to different governmental aircrafts."

"Yesterday, there was a piece of property in town here where the plants were to the left side of the driveway," said Wright. "Someone had planted plants out there. The homeowner was a little perturbed that the plants were on his property. He didn't know they were there."

Wright said it's usually fairly clear figuring out if someone planted the plants or had no clue who did the planting.

"Sometimes we get tips," he said. "But mainly, we know that you can't grow marijuana under a canopy of trees. They need, pretty much, full sunlight. They can't have it right under the open because other people will steal it or people will find it. I know what to look for, let's put it like that."

Big Business

"It's big business," he said. "One plant can yield a pound of marijuana."

But, Wright cautioned, the benefits of making money aren't enough when you consider the consequences.

"They relaxed the marijuana laws but they didn't lax the cultivation laws," he said. "You get caught with a bag of marijuana and you'll get a $150 fine. You get caught growing, you're probably going to jail."

John Deer September 06, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Wasteful use of tax dollars for invasive searches for a naturally ocurring plant. They are not looking for dangerous felons, they are looking for a non-toxic plant. The drug war has WASTED billions of tax dollars, it's eroded countless civil rights and it has NOTHING to show for it. Drugs are more plentiful than ever and more dangerous ones are popping up like bath salts and Spice, both of which are more dangerous than the real stuff! Plus drug dealers don't check ID, so it's easier to get than that bottle of liquor which requires an ID check. Legal doesn't mean safe.
John Deer September 06, 2012 at 07:25 PM
If enough people complain about the noisy helicopters, they'll be switching to drones soon enough but this doesn't get to the root of the problem. Connecticut was forward-thinking enough to decriminalize cannabis like many other states before it, but that's only a small step in the right direction. Big government has no right to tell you what you can put into your own body and they seem to think it's OK to have the audacity to spend billions of YOUR tax dollars to enforce this by eroding your civil rights. Cannabis can't kill as it's impossible to overdose while alcohol kills 80,000 Americans from its use every single year. Yet alcohol remains illegal and is taxable, bringing more revenue to municipalities, while taxpayer money that should be going to schools is going to invade people's lives with Big Brother knowing what's best. It's for a change. Demand fiscal responsibility and the respect privacy and civil rights. The drug war is a wasteful endeavor that has proven more damaging than even the drugs themselves. It's time to end the drug war because prohibition doesn't work!
p September 07, 2012 at 01:46 AM
just legalize it already, what a waste of my tax money !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
phil mccrevis September 14, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Cops suck


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