Chinese crime groups illegally growing marijuana in California

April 6, 2018

A Chinese-funded transnational organized crime group has been purchasing homes in the Sacramento region and converting the houses into marijuana grows, United State prosecutors allege. [Cal Coast Times]

On Tuesday and Wednesday, federal agents and local law enforcement searched about 74 homes and two business offices in the Sacramento area. During the operation, they seized approximately 61,050 marijuana plants from the houses, as well as about 200 kilograms of processed marijuana and 15 firearms.

U.S. prosecutors say the crime syndicate used common Sacramento realtors, hard-money lenders and straw buyers to purchase the homes, and the down payments on the houses were primarily financed by wires from Fuijan Province in China. The homes were then converted into large marijuana grows that occupied substantial portions, if not all, of the houses and contained hundreds or thousands of plants.

Later, the pot was distributed to other parts of the country, particularly the Eastern United States, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An investigation into the case began in 2014, when state and federal agents started looking into indoor marijuana grows in residential neighborhoods throughout the Sacramento area. Agents used utility bills and sophisticated financial analysis to track millions of dollars coming from China to the United States for the purchase of homes.

Federal authorities are now trying to seize the homes through civil asset forfeiture. Prosecutors have filed civil forfeiture actions against more than 100 houses in the Sacramento region, some of which were searched during the two-day operation. The case marks one of the largest residential forfeitures in U.S. history.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement that the Justice Department is using civil asset forfeiture as a key tool to defund organized crime and weaken criminals and cartels.

“Transnational criminal organizations are a blight on our communities, bringing dangerous drugs to our streets and trying to impose a false sovereignty over our neighborhoods,” Sessions said. “The day I was sworn in as attorney general, President Trump ordered me to make dismantling these organizations a priority, and we are carrying out that order with vigor.”


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Jorge Estrada

Some people may reply, “what’s the big deal with foreign nationals buying U. S. property?” This was just a little deal but the big deal is our forests for wood and other national resources that are within the vast acreages own by foreign nationals. Then there is the shame on us for funding a culture to migrate here and do this at our expense.


DPINC

Slo children at play ,,, your right there is a fresh Google pic and the place looks like crap the house has a listed picture from 2016 looks good with outdoor landscaping up to par


SLO_Children_at_play

This is not really news. There are hoes all over San Luis Obispo that are being used for indoor grows. Two years ago when my Mother died, we sold the family home to what appeared to be a charming Swedish couple. A few months after the sale, I went by the house to fetch a package that had mistakenly been sent there. ll the windows were papaered up, the whole yard stunk of weed, and I could here large fans running inside the house. There were cameras posted all over the exterior, and nobody ever answers the door. If you want to see how marijuana has become a blight to our own city, just go by 378 High Street in SLO and see what a mess these operations make of the surrounding neighborhoods.


SLO_Children_at_play

Homes, not hoes. Freudian typo, LOL!


copperhead

But since pot is such a wonderful thing for society, aren’t they doing california a great service? This sounds like anti Asian racism to me. Damn those Feds always trying to wreck the Californian dream.


rukidding

Unfortunate for them that the Feds caught them. Otherwise they probably would have hada very good chance that Moonbeam may have pardoned them.