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Friday, May 25, 2018, 4:09 a.m.

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‘Pot’ growers find national forests roomy

A few minutes after 4 a.m., agents in camouflage cluster in a dusty California field in Kern County. “Movement needs to be slow, deliberate and quiet,” the team leader whispers. “Lock and load now.” They check their ammunition and assault rifles, not exactly sure who they might meet in the dark: heavily armed Mexican drug traffickers, or just poorly paid field workers camping miserably in the brush.

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