2 Dead Bodies Found in Napa Pot Patch

By Chris Roberts
|  Saturday, Jul 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:43 AM PDT
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2 Dead Bodies Found in Napa Pot Patch

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The garden was on private land near the Sonoma County line.

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Authorities in Napa County are working to identify two bodies found in a remote, clandestine and illegal marijuana patch, according to reports.

The dead men were found among 3,000 immature cannabis plants found west of Rutherford in Napa County, according to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat. The bodies had been there "for some time," which is making identification difficult.

The marijuana garden is connected to people affiliated with a Mexican drug cartel, according to the newspaper. Exactly why detectives believe that is unclear.

Investigators discovered the bodies on July 1 after following a tip. They discovered the bodies, the plants, and also saw signs that people had been camping nearby to attend to the plants, according to the newspaper, which had no further details.

Mexican cartels are known for growing marijuana on national forest land and other public land; however, the garden was on private land near the Sonoma County line. The property owners claimed to have no knowledge of the garden.

Exactly how the men died is still unknown. The plants were destroyed by drug agents on Wednesday.

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