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US cannabis crimes rise in rural California

Nine people were killed in crimes linked to marijuana in the last few years, amid a spike in illegal 'pot' farms.

Last updated: 31 Jan 2014 10:03
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An increase in the number of illegal marijuana farms in the US has turned the heart of California's farmland, described by federal officials as the largest supplier for domestic users, into a battle zone. 

Marijuana crops in the region are being guarded with trip wires, motion detectors and shotguns. Nine people have been killed in crimes connected to marijuana in the last few years.

And as Akiko Fujita reports, it's putting pressure on those keeping the peace. 

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