In the cutthroat world of the illegal marijuana trade, there are times when it is relatively easy to lose your head. Unfortunately, for one New York grower, we mean that quite literally.

According to reports, 50-year-old Daniel Ricketts, the proprietor of a small marijuana grow operation, located on state property in Albany County, was recently killed and nearly beheaded by one of his own booby traps while trying to stop of gang of weed thieves from robbing him of his crop.

In early September, Ricketts suspected a pack of hooligan intruders had stumbled upon four marijuana plants that he had growing in a field on the outskirts of his property in upstate New York. Ricketts had already anticipated the possibility of backbiting thievery, so in an attempt to ward off any curious culprits, he instituted some stoner engineering and set a series of traps, including trip lines and barbed wire – all aimed at stopping any drug thugs who might be trying to make off with his stash.

Ricketts did not want to take any chances on maybe losing the pot crop he had worked so hard to produce, so he jumped on his all-terrain vehicle and made a mad dash towards the field, in a wild-eyed ambush operation aimed at running the suspected weed snatchers out on a rail.

Yet, reports from the Albany County Sheriff’s Department speculate that Ricketts may have been on a serious booze bender at the time he initiated his full-throttle blitzkrieg tactics, because he forgot the exact location of his booby traps. It was a mistake that was extremely detrimental to his well being.

Police say that Ricketts was clothes lined at high speed on a trip wire he had set around the perimeter of his pot plants, which acted as a rusty guillotine that left him for dead and almost headless.

The brutal sight of a man nearly having his head torn off his shoulders was apparently enough to send the marijuana marauders running scared, as Ricketts’ plants were still intact at the time authorities arrived on the scene.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple says that rural state property has become a popular site for illegal marijuana grow operations, but typically, hikers and neighbors discover them and report them to authorities before an incident this savage takes place.

Mike Adams writes for Playboy's The Smoking Jacket, BroBible and Hustler Magazine. Follow him: @adamssoup;