Marijuana growers in Eastern Ontario are keeping their eyes peeled this month for a legendary figure who roams the skies every harvest season: the Fan-man.
“The Fan-man is a guy that goes searching in cornfields for marijuana plants,” says a rural property owner, who asked for anonymity for fear of retribution from members of the drug trade.
With a paraglider powered by a fan-like propeller strapped to his back, the Fan-man soars above area cornfields, using a GPS to pin-point places where illegal marijuana grows, he says.
“What he’d do is literally fly real low, looking for these plants. He’s been seen around the area by a lot of people — and there’s most likely more than one.”
The Fan-man is believed to sell GPS co-ordinates of illegal weed to criminals, who then camouflage and arm themselves at night to steal the plants. They’re known in criminal circles as “pot pirates.”
A spokesman for the Ottawa police service says the drug section is not aware of the Fan-man.
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