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Dutch to Track Cannabis From Space to Nab ‘Green Gold’ Growers

Dutch police and local governments in the southern Netherlands will work with the European Space Agency to find illegal cannabis plots hidden in fields of corn and asparagus using satellite data.

The space agency will perform a trial in 2012, using multispectral and infrared images taken from Earth’s orbit to identify hemp plants, according to Max Timp, a spokesman for the municipality of Venlo, which is leading the project.