HAMILTON - Drought conditions in southwest Ohio have affected most crops, including those grown and sold illegally.
Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said efforts to spot and eradicate marijuana plants have revealed smaller yields than past years. Last week, the Ohio Attorney General's Office focused its efforts in Butler County to spot marijuana plants from the air to direct sheriff's deputies in their search from the ground.
"This year, I'm told the size of the plants confiscated have been considerably smaller than in years past," Jones said. "I guess the current drought we are experiencing is not just hurting our legitimate, hard-working farmers, but seems to be also taking its toll on the poor drug dealers, too. What a shame."
Butler County sheriff's deputies say the aerial spotters located seven areas of marijuana production. At least two arrests likely will be made as a result of the investigation, according to a release from Jones' office.
More than 80 marijuana plants have been cut down and confiscated in Butler County this year.