Theft is a big deal in any industry. Theft of agricultural products in CA are considered Grand Theft.
Taking 60 pounds of hemp flower from a farmer in Clackamas, OR, these four dudes are going to be looking at Theft in the First Degree. Probably possession of hemp without a license. Trespassing was also mentioned in the article.
Having been working with the industry for several decades, I have seen and dealt with these sorts of hoodlums and thieves. Around Croptober, which for the layman means October 1, these little turds will have had their locations scoped out and have insertion and extraction plans set up.
In the dead of night, just like the four in the article, they will come with their pruning shears and duffel bags. They will cross whatever barriers you have set up, run in to the closest plants, and then will cut the top colas off of the plant. The colas are the most flower-rich part of the plant, having received the most sunshine and airflow as the plant grew.
That means that the colas are also the most valuable part of the plant as well.
I am grateful that these four were stopped by law enforcement and the valuable flower was returned to the grower.
Four mud-covered theft suspects were arrested in rural Clackamas County early Tuesday morning when deputies came upon them as they walked down a highway with more than 60 pounds of cannabis plants in duffel bags and protruding from their pockets, officials said. Sheriff’s deputies responded about 3:30 a.m. to calls of people walking on Oregon 211 near South Palmer Road outside of Molalla. Deputies soon came upon four men walking on the side of the road carrying large bags. “A green leafy plant was protruding from the opening of at least one bag. Green leaves were poking out of the pockets of the subjects,” the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “One subject was carrying a large bushel of plants in his arms in addition to his bagful.” As the deputies flashed their lights and confronted the suspects, one tossed a duffel bag down a nearby embankment. [...]