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KSP Urges Citizens To Report Marijuana Growers

Date of Release: 4/21/05

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - Outdoor marijuana growing season is beginning, and the Kentucky State Police (KSP) urges citizens to report suspected indoor or outdoor marijuana grows.

Citizens have several ways to anonymously report suspected marijuana grows and marijuana producers. The public can go to the KSP Web site at Fill in the form and send to the address listed on it. This same form is located on each state police post's Web site. The post sites can be accessed through the KSP home page.

Another way to make a report is to call the toll-free hotline 1-800-DOPE-TIP. This number also can be used to report any suspicious drug activity, not just marijuana production.

KSP Commissioner Mark L. Miller said citizen reports are extremely helpful in the fight against marijuana production. "No police agency can cover every square mile to find illegal marijuana grows. We rely on citizens to help us by reporting suspicious activity," emphasized Miller. "If someone believes they've spotted a marijuana field or suspects an indoor grow, citizens should never approach to investigate or confront anyone. They should use the form or call the hotline. Using these tools also protects their anonymity."

KSP reports that 139 calls have been made to the toll-free hotline from Jan. 1-March 31 of this year, and that more than half of those calls have involved reports of marijuana grows.

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