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Helicopter crew looking for pot gardens crashes in Oregon

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Photo courtesy Harney County Sheriff/KPTV

BURNS, Ore. (KPTV) – A helicopter crew looking for illegal marijuana gardens crashed on a Forest Service road in eastern Oregon on Monday afternoon.

The U.S. Department of Justice leased the helicopter for marijuana eradication efforts in northern Harney County. Large outdoor marijuana growing operations are often found in rural Oregon; in fact, a smoke jumper fighting a wildfire found a pot garden belonging to Mexican drug traffickers earlier this year.

On Monday around 1:30 p.m., the helicopter was 400 feet off the ground when the engine failed, causing the pilot to auto rotate down to a narrow road near Calamity Butte.

The pilot, 29-year-old Thomas Levanger, of Redding, CA, and passenger, Harney County Deputy Sheriff Chris Nisbet, both survived the crash and did not suffer any significant injuries.

The helicopter’s rear rotor, landing gear and main rotors damaged in the wreck.

The National Transportation and Safety Board is now investigating, and the company that owns the helicopter plans to remove it Tuesday.

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20 Comments to “Helicopter crew looking for pot gardens crashes in Oregon”

    Michael said:
    August 13, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    good :)

    Mr Holmes said:
    August 13, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    Yea like he said Good Maybe hey shoulnt waste time and money on this sort of thing, Try keeping an eye on convicted child molesters and Driving whil under the influence of Alcohol and Texting while driving, And many many more fish to fry then just a weed that been around probably millions of years causing NO harm. STOP THE HIPOCRACY!!! GET IT RIGHT Alcohol kills more people then anything else!

    Travis said:
    August 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    serves them right.

    what ever said:
    August 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    glad to see no one was badly hurt, also glad to see they crashed its a win win situation !

    Michael said:
    August 13, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    pigs cant fly :)

    ShootFlyingCops said:
    August 13, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    It's a shame the chopper didn't burst into flames when it crashed and all the cops inside didn't burn alive. Now these dangerous armed thugs are still roaming around looking to put people into steel cages for possessing a plant.

    FuckYou Pigs said:
    August 13, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Almost had some free roasted pork

    John Fuller said:
    August 13, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Maybe their chopper and resources would be better used solving Real Crimes.

    Xuven said:
    August 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    If you want to get most of the drug laws in this country look at what the were originally based on….. Hint it was religion and race…. Does that mean that our drug laws are racist?

    rich said:
    August 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Yes it sure is a shame the pigs did get burnt alive.

    Sovereignty Soldier said:
    August 15, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Too bad they didn't burn in! Fascists get no sympathy from me! It's a God given plant that the pharmacuetical companies cannot patent or control. Not to mention it interferes with the programming! How can one man tell another man that they cannot use what God has given but instead must use harmful synthetic concoctions and risk adverse reactions?

    darryl said:
    August 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Interesting that the report said they discovered that the field belonged to Mexican Cartels? Did the plot of land have a forwarding address to somewhere in Sinaloa? Terrible but typical shotie reporting once again by the regurgetators of control press. These are mindless trolls. Data mining your emails and responses for future prosecution if needed when the state finally determines they have the advantage.

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