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Private security pulls weed in an economy no longer quite underground
In the wilds of California’s Pot country, men fast-rope from a rented helicopter into a forest both dense and remote. Clad in body armor and camouflage and carrying AR-15 rifles, they creep through the trees toward their target: one of the illegal marijuana gardens dotting Mendocino County.
What looks like a military assault force is, in fact, a for-profit operation of Lear Asset Management, a private security firm. …