“The more I look at it, I’m amazed — all those ditches so they can irrigate it,” Spence said.
Plastic-coated twine tied to four tall mesquite trunks held a black plastic tarp used to form a canopy over stacks of dried branches.
An empty 50-pound bag of PotashCorp. Urea fertilizer lay near a plastic can of Cyonara Lawn & Garden insecticide.
Nearby, a thatched hut had covered a small plywood table whose four mesquite legs jutted from the ground. A dirty plastic grocery bag covered an old cardboard box of Maruchan ramen noodles that lay near a Styrofoam egg carton.
“Basically it’s a camouflaged hiding place — little hootches with grass tops so if a plane flew over you won’t see it,” Spence said.
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