MONTGOMERY COUNTY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Pete Bunker says 2020 seems to be the year for hemp thieves. Already, he says he’s caught people sneaking into his fields at Bunker Hemp LLC almost 10 times.
“This is the worst issues we’ve had. We had a very small amount last year,” Bunker explains.
Bunker has approval from the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets to grow hemp and produce CBD oil. Montgomery County Sheriff Jeffrey Smith says just in the last week of September, deputies arrested five people trying to burglarize a few buds for themselves.
“Our belief is that these are just young adults that felt, they didn’t understand that they were hemp plants and maybe thought that they were an illegal marijuana grow or something they could benefit with or get high from. Had they gotten away with it, they would’ve been extremely disappointed anyways,” Sheriff Smith laughs in a phone call with NEWS10’s Mikhaela Singleton.
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