Google Earth The Desktop Treasure Hunter

By Carolin Neumann

Part 6: Marijuana Farm in Switzerland


Marijuana plants in Lebanon: Swiss police owe it to Google Earth for a similar find.
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Marijuana plants in Lebanon: Swiss police owe it to Google Earth for a similar find.

Anyone who watches TV knows that there's no search warrant without reasonable grounds for suspicion, and without a search warrant, the police have no right to enter a property without permission. Good thing, then, that there's Google Earth. In January Swiss police officers using it found a marijuana field measuring 7,500 square meters (1.8 acres) in the middle of a cornfield. The responsible farmer in the canton of Thurgau was suspected of being involved in the drug trade. Google's world atlas delivered the required evidence for an investigation.

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