Swiss Cops Use Google Maps for BustJanuary 29th, 2009 by Alex
To most, Google Maps is a blessing. It let’s me know if the 405 or 101 is absolutely jammed, I can use it for directions to a new burger joint or for checking out what my old neighborhood in NJ looks like.
To a choice few, though, Google Maps can really fuck things up.
Swiss authorities chanced upon a massive grow plantation hidden in a corn field while checking two farmers suspected of being part of a larger drug operation.
All in all, this find helped Swiss authorities arrest 16 people, seize 1.2 tons of marijuana and also pocket around $780k worth of cash & valuables.
The prosecutor in this case plans to wrap up her investigation in February and then charge all 16 suspects with offenses and potential jail time.
According to the law, this was a profitable gang, earning $2.5 – $8.5 million each year. Maybe if they spent that on contextual advertising, Google wouldn’t have dropped a dime on them. Respect the tech.