By Steve Elliott
A mysterious group of men has been raiding medical marijuana plots in Mendocino County, California, and local residents are mystified about the identity of the camouflage-clad group, who aren't police officers.
The men dress in combat camouflage, reports Joe Vazquez at KPIX 5, and some of them hide their faces.
Some say the men, on missions to eradicate marijuana, work for a security company called Lear Asset Management, according to Vazquez.
Lear Asset Management "works with law enforcement," according to their promotional poster, but Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman said "The sheriff's department doesn't hire any private security to do our job."
Allman said all of his men -- unlike the mysterious marijuana raiders -- wear badges and clearly identify themselves. And Lear Asset Management President Paul Trouette said his company had nothing to do with the raid on Susan Schindler's garden.
Schindler said her medical marijuana garden was hit last month. "They took hand saws and just cut the trunks," she said.
The armed men in camouflage dropped into her garden from an unmarked helicopter and refused to identify themselves, according to Schindler. "There was no paperwork, no copies of any warrants, they didn't leave any inventory of what they took," she said.