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Violence Rising in Marijuana Raids

September 23, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

Northern California marijuana fields have become killing fields as violence rises along with government raids now on pace to seize a record $1.4 billion worth of pot.

The body of a Santa Rosa man hacked to death with a machete was found near a Mendocino County pot garden Friday, capping a week in which four suspected marijuana-field guards were killed in confrontations in Shasta and Butte counties with local and state authorities.

Five weeks into the state's annual two-month campaign against pot growers, nearly 325,000 maturing marijuana plants statewide have been destroyed.

Last year, a total of 354,164 plants were seized.

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