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Feds warn forest visitors to beware of pot grows


RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) -- Federal officials are warning people to be on the lookout again for marijuana gardens and armed growers as they visit the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest this summer.

U.S. Forest Service officials say planting typically occurs in the spring.

Visitors should look for isolated tents, garden tools, bags of fertilizer, garbage and large, stump-filled areas.  They say the growers often carry guns.

If anyone comes across any of those signs, they should get out of the area as quickly as possible, take note of any significant landmarks and notify police.

Last year investigators eradicated about 70,000 marijuana plants a drug trafficking organization planted in the forest.

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