A UK police force has successfully seized a cannabis farm thanks to its drone capabilities.
The Eastern Daily Press reported that the Norfolk Constabulary, which launched a three-month drone programme last year, was able to locate a cannabis farm with over 700 illegal plants near Swaffham by deploying its thermal imagining drone.
The successful mission comes after the force doubled its drone capabilities following the three-month trial period.
When the project was announced towards the end of 2017, Deputy chief constable, Nick Dean, said: “While the technology still has its limitations, the option of launching a drone in the air in a few minutes could help save lives and secure evidence if a crime was in progress.
“Drones offer many benefits that complement the National Police Air Service (NPAS) helicopter. This technology offers a highly cost effective approach to help assist our officers.”
The police unit has two drone units which cost £1,500 and £850 and can fly in winds of up to 50mph.
Both the DJI Inspire and Mavic drones have a 4K downlink which means officers on the ground and in the Contact and Control Room (CCR) can see live footage captured by the drone in the air.
The technology has already been used during incidents within the county, including forensic photography at an industrial incident, firearms incidents and searches.