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
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
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.