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Hemp fields are getting extra protection from law enforcement in one eastern North Carolina county where the new crop has been targeted by thieves, a sign that growers of the plant face more threats than the usual pests and poor weather.
The extra sheriffs’ patrols in rural Edgecombe County, N.C., come after five men were accused this week of trying to steal hemp. They were charged with trespassing, the Rocky Mount Telegram reported.
The first case happened Monday, when three men were charged with second-degree trespassing after a sheriff’s deputy responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near a