OBN Agents Use Helicopters, Train Citizens To Fight Pot Growers


Friday, July 27th 2012, 5:15 pm
By: News On 6


Drug agents discovered 40 pot plants in Quapaw during a hunt for marijuana farms.

And agents battling the War on Drugs now have some unusual weapons in their arsenal.

Oklahoma's Bureau of Narcotics took to the air, looking for pot on the ground.

They fly in the summer, as the pot growing season hits its peak.

"We want people to see us out here and know if you start cultivating, if you're not, if you decide to start, we're going to be out here. We are going to be looking for you," said OBN Director Darrell Weaver.

The team has helicopters and high-tech equipment to help spot pot farms, but said the most valuable tools are people.

And it's not just trained field agents.

Politicians, police, and even a pastor are being trained to tackle the drug problems Oklahoma faces.

Eddie Wyant is the District Attorney for Ottawa and Delaware Counties.

"A lot of people are going to take away from it, the importance of keeping a hold of and control of the marijuana plants and the plantations, or whatever, and the people that are out there growing this stuff," said Wyant.

Oklahoma's drug training has become a model for the nation, and even the DEA sends federal agents to train here in Oklahoma.