With 7 dead, large-scale California marijuana operation is tied to organized crime

By ELLIOT SPAGAT and MICHAEL R. BLOOD | The Associated Press

AGUANGA  — An illegal marijuana growing operation where seven people were fatally shot in a small, rural Southern California town had the markings of organized crime, authorities said Tuesday.

More than 20 people lived on the property, which had several makeshift dwellings, a nursery and vehicles used in production, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said. Marijuana was processed to honey oil, a highly potent concentrate made by extracting the high-inducing chemical THC from cannabis.

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