Weed Wars

Dispatches from the California Marijuana Front

September 27, 2010
'War in the Woods' depicts intensity, violence in illicit pot fields

The protagonist is a California Department Fish and Game officer who definitely isn't your laid-back, outdoorsy game warden of yore.

One one hand, Lt. John Nores Jr. has a mission to protect wildlife habitats, stream beds and water quality in the forests and public lands of California.

On the other, he is on the prowl for illicit marijuana gardens and often armed members of drug-trafficking networks.

In a new book, "War on the Woods - Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America's Public Lands," Nores, an 18-year state Fish and Game warden, describes shootouts with marijuana growers and a dangerous job of finding and eradicating pot fields in California's Sierra Nevada and coastal ranges.

The book, due to be released in October by Lyons Press, is co-authored by James A. Swan, a senior columnist for ESPNOutdoors.com.

Here is an partial excerpt, describing one encounter in the woods:

...With the gunman now "danger close" at only 10 years away, Snake identified us to the suspect, "Police! Stop and put your hands up!" The man's reactions were surreal and unexpected. The grower stopped in his tracks. His eyes widened in shock for just a second before his expression turned vicious. The gunman's brow tightened, his eyes squinted, and the expression on his face turned from shock to anger...The grower swung the shotgun towards our team."

Want more?

Here is a video promotion for the book, with guns, action and a pulsing guitar riff:

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