Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski
BERNE, N.Y. (AP) — A backyard marijuana grower is dead after being nearly decapitated by wire he’d strung on his property to protect his crop from intruders.
The 50-year-old man was driving an all-terrain vehicle in his backyard Saturday afternoon when he ran into the heavy-gauge but nearly invisible wire, said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
The man had set up other fortifications, Apple said, including barbed wire and a leg-hold trap. Authorities removed marijuana plants Saturday from the property in Berne, which is about 40 minutes west of Albany, but no one was arrested, WTEN-TV notes.
Alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the accident, Apple said. The family did not want to comment, WTEN reports, and the victim’s name hasn’t been released.
Here’s a report from WTEN-TV:
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