In a recent tactical blitz spanning 11 days, the Indiana State Police partnered with the Indiana National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, US Drug Enforcement Administration, US Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol, Indiana Department of Natural Resources and local law enforcement agencies to eradicate illegal cannabis cultivation sites from public land throughout the southern half of the Hoosier State.
From August 17 through the 28th, officers involved in what is being called “Operation Smoke Out,” removed nearly 5,000 cannabis plants, in 146 different locations, from remote state and federally owned land, including plots in the Hoosier National Forest.
Operation Smoke Out photo from ISP aircraft support
Officials estimate that the street value of all seized plants could add up to as much as $7.5 million. Sixteen arrests were made, and four pounds of dried cannabis were seized with six weapons and $3,000 cash. Officers are hoping that information collected during this operation will lead to more arrests in the near future.
Calling the operation, which included aircraft support for ground teams, “a success,” the Indiana State Police department revealed that the operation was funded through the Domestic Cannabis Eradication and Suppression Program. Trooper Conrad of the Indiana State Police department was not able to comment on how much was spent completing Operation Smoke Out when Whaxy staff called for comment.
See more photos from Operation Smoke Out below:
photo credit: Indiana State Police