Cannabis farmers take up arms to defend crops in booming trade

Police say drug gangs are arming themselves with machetes, shotguns and dogs as crop seizures double
The Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

cannabis-plantsIllicit cannabis factory farmers are arming themselves with sawn-off shotguns, CS sprays and machetes and even setting booby traps to protect their crops from rival gangs, according to a police study published today. The report for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) reveals there has been a boom in cannabis production across Britain in the last two years, with nearly 7,000 illegal farms and factories uncovered in 2009/10 alone.