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With 7 dead, Southern California pot ranch is tied to organized crime

Marijuana Killings-California
Posted at 2:46 PM, Sep 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-12 17:46:49-04

AGUANGA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say an illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco says all victims and witnesses were Laotian.

More than 20 people lived on the property located about 50 miles north of San Diego. It had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery, and vehicles used in production.

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Despite there being no arrests or identified suspects, authorities say people in the area are not threatened.

The killings are the latest flashpoint in the violence that often permeates California’s illegal marijuana market.