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police able to spot marijuana from helicopters?

smokin’ joe
Bluelighter
  • Jan 19, 2006
  • #1
  • A friend of mine had a small marijuana plant (about 2 feet tall) growing in a pot on her veranda. You couldn’t see the plant unless you are on the veranda. The veranda has no roof so it’s totally open air.

    Her landlord (who is cool with drugs etc) saw the plant on the porch and told her to take the plant inside because he claims that the police can see it from their helicopter that sometimes circles around the area.

    I thought this was pretty over paranoid of him. I mean from that distance they would have to zoom in on every single plant in the whole neighboorhood just to find that one small plant, seems pretty unlikely to me.

    I was however wondering if there was any truth in the matter. Another friend told me that they have some sort of infrared sight that picks out the THC containing plants. I’m still not so sure.

    chandler
    Bluelighter
    • Jan 19, 2006
  • #2
  • I think the infrared camera picks up plantations, not just single plants. I believe (could be wrong), that larger crops generate a reasonable amount of heat, but one plant wouldn’t show up.

    But having a plant on the verandah probably isn’t the smartest idea anyways.

    *=Regulator=*
    Bluelighter
    • Jan 19, 2006
  • #3
  • I don’t think the infrared cameras are able to pick up THC. What they pick up is the massive heat signals from the hydroponics required to grow large crops in urban areas such as warehouses.

    I think your landlord is being ridiculously paranoid. It is damn unlikely that a single plant could be identified from a helicopter, much less likely that the peron who saw a single plant would even give a shit! They have bigger fish to fry – if they’re looking for drugs at all, they’re looking for the heat signatures of massive hydro setups!

    Teddles
    Bluelighter
    • Jan 19, 2006
  • #4
  • thats paranoid, in S.A. we have had helicopters circling the less well off areas for years looking for houses that are 22 degrees and one room that is 35degrees. next day they come round and say hellow.

    technolgy is amazing now as well they can tell if a car has been “hooning” by the heat signature off the engine, cluch, gear box and brakes amazing. compared to a car that is driving in a “non-hoonish”

    you’d have more chance off bored people looking over your fence and seeing it, then coming back that night with their friends to see what you have in your house, carefull

    marklar_the_23rd
    Bluelighter
    • Jan 19, 2006
  • #5
  • i believe they pick up on the watering systems that dont belong in the bush, and as other people mentioned the heat signatures from the hydro kits in suburbia.

    looking in peoples backyards from the air doesnt exactly sound legal to me, nor a good use of police resources. police are streched as much as it is, having two guys in the air looking for one or two plants just aint worth thier time.

    Bluelight Crew
    • Jan 20, 2006
  • #6
  • I know they use them in the south of WA to spot plants growing amongst the national parks and land in the country. Although they could, I somehow doubt they would use the same techniques to go looking for individual plants in peoples back yards though.

    ferret5
    Greenlighter
    • Jan 20, 2006
  • #7
  • cazad0r
    Bluelighter
    • Jan 20, 2006
  • #8
  • phase_dancer
    Bluelight Crew
    • Jan 20, 2006
  • #9
  • auzguy
    Greenlighter
    • Jan 23, 2006
  • #10
  • Her landlord (who is cool with drugs etc) saw the plant on the porch and told her to take the plant inside because he claims that the police can see it from their helicopter that sometimes circles around the area.

    I thought this was pretty over paranoid of him. I mean from that distance they would have to zoom in on every single plant in the whole neighboorhood just to find that one small plant, seems pretty unlikely to me.

    A friend of mine had a small marijuana plant (about 2 feet tall) growing in a pot on her veranda. You couldn't see the plant unless you are on the veranda…