“What weed we are finding is in pretty bad shape. People just didn't have the time to constantly tend to them to get them to survive in this heat,” Woodward said.
Agents fly a grid of patterns all summer long and are now seeing fewer and fewer marijuana plants as cultivators have a harder time flying under the agency's radar, he said.
Years ago, Weaver saw a 20-foot plant nurtured by a sophisticated watering system.
“It looked like a Christmas tree. It was the prettiest tree you've ever seen,” he said.
It appears the days are gone of the fields of 2,000 to 3,000 plants, Weaver said.
“To cultivators, I'd say, ‘This is my state. And we're not ever going to give it to you,'” he said.