Weed Farm Discovered Thanks to Tip from Smartphone App

Categories: Crime, Tech

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Courtesy HCSO
Harris County Sheriff's deputies discovered a marijuana field in southern Harris County with plants worth $125,000, thanks to a tip from a user of the iWatchHarrisCounty smartphone app. All the plants were destroyed, according to a release from the department.

I wrote about this app back in 2011 and described it as poorly designed. It was. But in this case it appears it paid off since the app led to the discovery of an entire field of weed -- what hippies call a "field of dreams," or maybe I'm making that up.

But, back on point, this magical forest of pot was discovered through an app and that is pretty significant because despite all our technological advances, most people still do not use things like apps and the Internet to report crimes or deal with city issues. And while this may lead some to believe apps and Web sites are a waste of taxpayer money, I for one think being ahead of the curve is important.

Many of the technologies we take for granted today were once considered silly. People used to have to dial through an operator to get to anyone. City services were a web of confusion before the 311 number was initiated. They are still confusing, but at least you don't have to look up a million numbers just to find out how to get a water leak repaired. Bills that once had to be mailed can now be automatically paid online: from license tag renewals to traffic tickets.

iWatchHarrisCounty may not be up to the standards of the typical smart phone user, but it can be an effective tool to fight crime. Sure, if there's a serious crime going on, 911 is still your best bet. But I imagine there aren't too many better ways to report suspicious activity than through an app, particularly because photos can be included.

I'm all for the adoption of new technology by our government officials if it actually works. In this case, it did.


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horde5150
horde5150

Holy fucking shit. This is the same group of plants that mugged me and a friend at gunpoint a few years ago! So glad they won't be bothering anyone anymore. I still kick in my sleep.

Supa Fly Garcia
Supa Fly Garcia

There are many huge problems in this city, like the over use of prescription drugs, the blatant use of cocaine and strung out junkies all over this city!! Waste of time and an ridiculous article about a plant that should be legal! Maybe you should make an app that points out ignorant idiots like the writer of this article, so we can get the morons off the street and start dealing with the real issue here.....Sheeple don't believe the hype, pharmaceuticals that you get at Walgreens and CVS are doing more damage and cause more deaths per year than any of our " illegal drugs"!! Come on HP do a better job at reporting shit that matters or stick to what your good for letting us know where the Music is at!!!

calmdown
calmdown

Thank God. I feel so much safer now that this field of plants has been destroyed. So brave of HPD to go into that dangerous field and fight for our safety, one plant at a time. This issue is so much more pressing than anything else right now. Glad to know our priorities are aligned so well!

Michelle Weirich
Michelle Weirich

They discovered a plant and then destroyed it. Makes no sense, it's a plant!!!

Erin Lucas
Erin Lucas

Who ever said "money doesn't grown on trees" obviously didn't sell Marijuana

Ryan Orosz
Ryan Orosz

such a waste of tax dollars. legalize it already

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