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Sheriff R.W. Norris
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Sheriff's Marijuana Investigation Team Effort

S.M.I.T.E. is a seasonal program designed to eradicate marijuana. The program is typically most active during the summer months. Sheriffs use a variety of resources to accomplish their goals. These include, but are not limited to, over flights, informants, surveillance, and search warrants.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, through funds provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration and administered by the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, participates yearly in a collaborative marijuana eradication effort.

In cooperation with area law enforcement and other agencies, over flights are conducted to survey Franklin County for marijuana plots. Once identified, raids are conducted on said plots and plants are removed.

The 2007 marijuana growing season began with indications that outdoor growing operations may possibly be slowing down from previous years. As Vermont's vegetation bloomed with an unusually good growing season, it became apparent in mid July that marijuana cultivation was again being done throughout the county at an average to above average rate from previous years. This office eradicated 261 plants grown outdoors. These plants were typically very large, high yield plants compared to previous years. Several search warrants were executed as a result with 1 arrest so far and other investigations still pending.

Click here to see photos of earlier S.M.I.T.E. efforts

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