Cops: Women Forced 4 Men to Work at Pot Farm for 6 Months
Men fled after they heard they were going to be killed after the harvest
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 21, 2016 3:58 PM CDT
In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a ladybug crawls on a marijuana plant at a recreational pot farm.   (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

(Newser) – Two women have been arrested on charges of holding four men captive at an illegal marijuana plantation in Northern California and forcing them to work there for six months, the AP reports. Calaveras County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Macedo says the men fled the secluded, rural camp in July after overhearing they would be murdered after the harvest. The unidentified victims had bruises and black eyes when they sought help and went to a hospital. Macedo said Wednesday two men were originally hired as day laborers. Two others were taken captive later.

The women were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, kidnapping, battery with serious bodily injury, terrorist threats, and drug charges. Police found more than 23,000 marijuana plants and said it was worth up to $60 million. They also seized guns.