The Chinese mafia is allegedly growing weed in California.
A two-day operation that concluded on April 4 resulted in more than 100 houses across the state being seized by the Department of Justice. They were allegedly being used by Chinese drug traffickers to grow massive quantities of black market cannabis. Authorities seized 61,050 cannabis plants from the homes, along with 440 pounds of processed cannabis and 15 firearms.
According to McGregor Scott, The U.S. Attorney for California’s Eastern District, the homes were being used to grow weed indoors, they were not in compliance with state regulations, and the cannabis was being distributed with the U.S., mostly on the East Coast.
Scott explained, “The scope of this enforcement operation sends a clear message to international organized crime: get out of our neighborhoods. If you don’t, we’ll pursue you with all of the resources available to the federal government, seize your assets, search your properties, and target you for criminal prosecution.”
The investigation, which has been active since 2014, was a joint effort between local and federal agencies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions focused, not on weed, but on the criminal organization aspect of the bust, stating, “The day I was sworn in as Attorney General, President Trump ordered me to make dismantling these organizations a priority, and we carrying out that order with vigor.”