Swiss Cops Use Google Maps for Bust

January 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.


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    Jeff Says:

    Nothing beats solid detective work quite like a nice chance discovery.

    It makes me wonder, though, how much longer it will be before satellites are able to automatically locate MJ fields.
    Scary shit.

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    Jordan Says:

    wow. wonder what they were doing just using google maps for searching in the middle of a cornfield. must have been a great image for the cops to tell to see the pot in the cornfield.

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    im really hoping those nu hippies working for Google get burned and end up going through a serious dry spell. you just know Google employee = Ganja. hope all of silicon valley goes seriously dry over this. jk :)

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    Natalia Says:

    Google Street View Rocks!  Check out some of the over 750 interesting Google Street View finds by shciaerng in Google for laudontech Everything from girls to cars to funny signs to your friends back yard!

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    Good job making it appear easy.

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