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Taking to the air to fight marijuana farms

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The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is on the hunt for marijuana farms in the Northeast Oklahoma area this week.

More than 40 plants were discovered in Quapaw today alone.

"We want people to see us out here and know if you start cultivating - if you're not if you decide to start - we're going to be out here, we are going to be looking for you," says Darrell Weaver, the Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.

The agency uses helicopters and high tech equipment to spot marijuana growers.  

"We just bring community leaders, politicians, law enforcement, to really get a birds eye view on what we're doing, what we're doing about the issues in Oklahoma and that's how we're trying to frame it - it's really an education day," Weaver says.

"The resources and the knowledge they have are so much of a support issue for local agencies, sheriff's offices and police departments, I know they were up here and did a marijuana bust while they were up here and that happens statewide," says Oklahoma State Representative Larry Glenn.

"I think a lot of people are going to take away from it the importance of keeping a hold of and control of the marijuana plants and the plantations, or whatever,  and the people that are out there growing this stuff," says Eddie Wyant, the District Attorney for Ottawa and Delaware County.

The OBN training has proved so successful that it's now a national model and the DEA sends their agents to train in Oklahoma.

The high flying drug fighters are most likely in the air during summer months, when marijuana plants are growing, but say their battle against drugs goes on year round.

This is the first time the OBN targeted marijuana growing operations in Northeast Oklahoma.

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