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EAGLE-EYE VIEW LEADS TO HARVEST OF MARIJUANA

The harvest of a bountiful crop of illegal marijuana growing in Erie County continued Wednesday, when approximately 90 plants were seized from separate fields in the towns of Clarence and Newstead.

Information developed by the Erie County Sheriff's Department's Narcotics and Aviation divisions sent helicopter pilot Capt. Kevin Caffery airborne to pinpoint the sites.

Deputies harvested approximately 50 plants that were 3 to 4 feet tall from a field off Brauer Road in Clarence.

Approximately 40 plants were seized from a field on Sand Hill Road in Newstead. Those plants were 5 to 6 feet tall.

Both crops were "good-sized and bushy," deputies said. The total haul weighed in at about 50 pounds, translating into an estimated street value of $75,000, according to Sheriff Patrick Gallivan.

Two weeks ago, Caffery was flying over the Town of Cheektowaga during an aerial photography mission when several marijuana fields were spotted. Approximately 1,500 mature marijuana plants, worth almost $2 million, were cut down by deputies and members of the Cheektowaga Police
Department.

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