Sunday, June 4, 2023

National Guard Helicopter in Mendocino County Skies Yesterday Looking for ‘Unlawful Grow Sites,’ Says MCSO

Picture of a helicopter sent to Kym Kemp’s Redheaded Blackbelt similar to the aircraft seen yesterday

A National Guard helicopter was seen over Mendocino County skies yesterday. Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten confirmed the helicopter was “conducting overflights looking for unlawful grow sites to focus future enforcement efforts on.” 

He said the overflights were a collaboration between Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office and the California Air National Guard. 

A resident in Laytonville said they spotted the helicopter circling around 500 feet in the air. 

This reporter saw a helicopter matching a similar description landing at the Ukiah Municipal Airport around 10:45 a.m.

The helicopter’s route did not appear on FlightRadar24.com, a reliable eye-on-the-sky app that tracks aircraft movement across the world.

In the past, sheriff departments throughout the Emerald Counties have used the National Guard to help eradicate marijuana. In 2019, the Guard assisted in eradications in at least Trinity and Humboldt Counties. 

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  1. Im sorry but didnt we vote to legalize marijuana? When did we vote for government enforcement of arbitrary unwritten laws?

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