The Illinois State Police needs your help in eliminating the cultivation
of this illegal and dangerous drug. If you see marijuana or notice
circumstances such as those listed below, please contact the nearest
Illinois State Police District
or call toll free: 800-247-7684. You do not have to provide your name.
A tent or camper trailer on wooded property with no evidence of recreational activities.
A pattern of traffic or a particular vehicle seen in the same isolated area on a regular basis.
A large tin barn or greenhouse on property
where these structures would not normally be used. For example, on
heavily wooded land where there are no animals to feed.
Large purchases by individuals of
fertilizer, garden hoses, plastic PVC pipe, chicken wire, long 2x2
lumber, different size pots, machetes, camouflage netting and
clothing, large trash bags, lanterns, portable heaters, extension
cords, heat lamps, and fans.
Wooded lands with numerous POSTED and KEEP
OUT signs displayed.
The use of guard dogs and alarm systems on
property in the country especially in certain areas of the
An unusual structure located in remote
forest areas, along with buckets, garden tools, fertilizer bags,
Signs of cultivation or soil disturbance in
Upon discovery of a suspected marijuana
plot, remember that marijuana growers can be dangerous.
DO your best to know the exact location by
using existing landmarks.
DO make note of any vehicles or persons in
or around the area.
DO exit the area on the same route you
DO notify law enforcement authorities
DO keep this information to yourself after
notifying the proper authorities.
DO NOT enter an area or go any closer than
is necessary to identify the plants.
DO NOT look around for additional plants.
DO NOT take a sample plant or segment with
DO NOT leave any unnecessary sign of your
presence in the area.
DO NOT return to the area unless
accompanied by law enforcement officials.
Cannabis grown outdoors is typically cultivated in
remote locations, often on public lands. Growers may also access privately owned
land and cultivate cannabis in corn fields or with other legitimate crops.
Marijuana may also be cultivated indoors. Indoor grow operations allow
year-round cultivation and provide a controlled environment conducive to the
production of the high-potency form of cannabis known as sinsemilla. The indoor
grow operation may range from several plants grown in a closet to thousands of
plants grown in an elaborate, specially constructed room or building.