THE BLOG
09/05/2013 02:07 pm ET Updated Nov 05, 2013

Man Illegally Growing Marijuana Is Killed By His Own Security Device

Fifty-year-old Daniel Rickett from upstate New York accidentally took his own life on Saturday after drunkenly driving his four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle into a piano wire trap he had placed around an illegal grow-op of four large plants which was obviously intended for trespassers or would be thieves.

Hikers discovered Daniel's body and reported their horrific findings to local authorities which claim to have found the illegal garden also surrounded by barbed wire and a leg trap that is generally used to snare coyote.

Ricketts, who was nearly decapitated by the piano wire, was pronounced dead at the scene by Albany County Coroner Paul Marra. The sheriff of Albany County, Craig Apple, declared the rural hills in his county are often used to setup illegal marijuana grow-ops.

"They go up there and they'll grow marijuana on a lot of the state lands. Fortunately hikers, people out and about, neighbors will call us and they'll tell us," Sheriff Apple explained.

The Albany County Sheriff's department is continuing their investigation after having removed the dangerous security devices and the plants from the property.