Mid-September Marks Start of Marijuana Harvesting Season

By: Meghan Kulig Email
By: Meghan Kulig Email

As we enter the fall season, many farmers are getting ready to harvest corn and soybeans. But, drug officers say they’re targeting another kind of farmer – those who are growing illegal drugs.

Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer says marijuana growers usually start harvesting their plants after the first frost.

"We've seen them in corn rows, we've seen them in the Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County, we've had people out hiking on their own land and found it,” Sheriff Cramer said. "We've found them booby trapped with bear traps."

But, Sheriff Cramer says some of those spots can be hard to reach – forcing drug officers to take a bird’s-eye view.

"We used to use helicopters to spot the marijuana from the air,” he said. “Because right now, when the leaves are changing, after that first frost, its pretty easy to see the marijuana from the air."

Jeff Wilson, with the West Central Drug Task Force, says investigators also rely on your help.

"Traditionally this time of year is when there are a lot of people in the woods,” Wilson said. “A lot of times that's where some of our tips come from -- is that a hunter in the woods will see what they believe to be a marijuana grow."

And, if you carry a GPS, Sheriff Cramer says you can help lead drug officers right to the plants.

"If you're out hiking and you find what appears to be a marijuana field or a few marijuana plants that look like they're cultivated, just put those coordinates into your GPS,” Sheriff Cramer said. “Because it’s easier for us to go back with those GPS coordinates and find a few plants of a field of plants."

Sheriff Cramer says a lot of marijuana growers do their work at night. If you see any suspicious activity, call your local Sheriff’s Department and ask for a drug investigator.

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  • by godlovesganja Location: utopia of green on Oct 18, 2008 at 02:53 AM
    Marijuana is sooooo bad for your kids....They will eat a whole box of twinkies and die!!!!!!!! People who sell marijuana should not be called drug dealers!! Go lock up budweiser and Bristol-Myers! But keep throwing away tax payer dollars on the war on drugs
  • by Anonymous on Oct 10, 2008 at 04:35 AM
    Posted by: Mad at Drug Dealers on Sep 16, 2008 at 10:04 PM nonsense. Learn to be a better parent! Quit wasting more time and money incarcerating teens for non-violent crimes. Prohibition is obviously not working. Marijuana is as old as your bible, if you see it growing, you're looking at a gift from god, let it grow.
  • by smokey Location: potsville on Sep 18, 2008 at 11:05 AM
    If i find any i aint callin no cops - im calling dominos
  • by George Location: New York on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    WHAT ! I wouldn't waste any of my waypoints on this ! Cops looking for lousy PLANTS ? What a waste of taxpayer money !
  • by Philo Location: Eau Claire on Sep 17, 2008 at 07:01 AM
    Number one; we're talking about medicinal plants, not dangerous drugs here. Here's a question unanswered: How much money is being burned up in fuel for these airplanes and helicopters to joyride all day looking for poor farmers? Once again, our forces support prohibition, and the idea that there is 'something feloniously wrong with Mother Nature'... Let people grow it on their own land, and you won't have this problem anymore.
  • by rascal Location: brantwood on Sep 17, 2008 at 03:19 AM
    Pretty soon it will be legal with this so called goverment we have going on.
  • by Todd Welch Location: Eau Claire on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    It is a horrible waist of tax payer money chasing down people who really are doing nothing wrong. They are growing a plant thats effect are less than Alcohol and Tobacco. Money would be much better spent on bringing jobs to the area.
  • by Mad at Drug Dealers on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:04 PM
    I give the cops credit for busting these people, however, what good is it, when the district attorneys just let them go? Just ask Chippewa County, one family was just busted for drugs, the mom the main supplier and grower lies to the D.A. and gets off, the husband lives with her however is still on trial, giving the courts a different address then he actually lives. So come to his trial do you actually think she is going to testify against him? No. So what comes of this? Chippewa High School still has someone to supply there students with drugs! Way to go Chippewa County District Attorney. I only share this story because the only way this will stop is if the District Attorney's actually care as much as the police that bust the people with the drugs.
  • by Ken Location: Gilman on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:27 PM
    If you find someone growing this on your property without your permission you should set up motion activated cameras to get photographic proof of who is actually growing the marijuana - otherwise you could be wrongly accused by the authorities.
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