A former Kentucky county sheriff who allegedly provided cannabis plants to local black market cultivators to grow on his property was caught with the help of microchips and piloted video cameras.
Peyman, who once worked as a sheriff in Jackson County, purportedly grew the plants on his farm under the guise of the state’s newly-implemented industrialized hemp program, which was put in place after a decline in tobacco production, one of Kentucky’s biggest sources of revenue.
As per the Lexington Herald Leader, police obtained aerial footage taken 350 yards away from the Peyman farm discovered marijuana plants kept in a tree line enshrouded by weeds. After these initial findings, authorities then implanted microchips into six out of the 61 plants for tracking purposes.
Once the officers were able to get a warrant to search Peyman’s land, home and various buildings on his property, these chips subsequently led them to a secret room in a barn where the former sheriff kept them. Ten more plants, in addition to the original 61, were confiscated.
When tested, the plants were found to contain a much higher amount of THC than is customarily found in hemp, which normally runs less than 0.03 percent.
While tracking devices specifically designed for marijuana plants have been around for years, this is one of the first cases in which law enforcement has used it specifically in an investigation. Usually, microchips like these are used by growers and others within the industry where weed has been legalized to make sure that plants stay within a state’s parameters. If plants are found over state borders, federal penalties could feasibly ensue.
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