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NCJ Number: 137021 Find in a Library
Title: Marijuana Field Booby Traps: The Field Guide to Lethal Explosive Devices
Corporate Author: Paladin Press
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 44
Sponsoring Agency: Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87364-681-9
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This booklet identifies various forms of booby traps that have been used on trails to and around the perimeters of marijuana fields to warn of approach, prevent approach, or kill or injure law enforcement personnel; booby traps for clandestine drug labs are also discussed, and techniques for countering various booby traps are outlined.
Abstract: Booby traps on trails to or around marijuana fields include audio/visual signals (trip flares, air horns, munitions simulators, smoke grenades, shotgun blanks, fireworks, and ground sensors) and explosive devices; the latter may be hand grenades, pipe bombs, improvised mines, small arms ground spike, fragmentation devices, incendiary devices, and firearms. Some booby traps require a physical action before they will function, such as the pulling or releasing of a tripwire, foot pressure, pressure release, and devices that require vibration to activate them. Some nonexplosive devices used to guard marijuana fields are poisonous snakes, fish hooks hanging at eye level, punji sticks, animal traps, concealed pits, and guard dogs. Some "do's and don'ts" in approaching or anticipating booby traps are listed, and advice is offered on what to do when a booby-trap device is found. Various types of booby-trap systems for clandestine drug labs are described. Drawings are included to illustrate the design and operation of various types of booby traps.
Main Term(s): Police narcotic officer training; Police safety techniques
Index Term(s): Drug law enforcement; Drug manufacturing; Explosive detection; Marijuana
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