Tag: Crime

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Agents raid 10 Oakland marijuana grow houses linked to Mexican cartel

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Alameda County Narcotics Task Force continued a second day of Oakland raids Wednesday on suspected illegal marijuana grow houses in East Oakland linked to a major Mexican drug cartel, authorities said.

Ten houses, including one across the street from an elementary school, were raided Tuesday and Wednesday.

At least 15 people were arrested, and authorities seized hundreds of pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of nearly $4 million. They also confiscated growing equipment and materials, along with two assault rifles and a revolver.

Task force members used flash-bang grenades before gaining entry at some sites, but no injuries were reported.

Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Hesselein, the task force commander, said the organized grow operation involves the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.

He said the cartel would move Mexican nationals into the houses and pay them a small amount of money to grow and tend the marijuana and protect the crops. Some of the operations “were sophisticated, some were not,” he said.

He said plants in various stages of growth were recovered as well as packaged product in different rooms at the houses. In one house, 55 gallon-size garbage bags full of 1-pound packages of finished product ready for sale were seized. The exact value of the marijuana seized has not been determined yet.

Authorities have not said how the marijuana was distributed.

Hesselein said the equipment used in the growing operations was powered by “thousands of dollars worth” of pirated electricity.

Agents raid 10 Oakland marijuana grow houses linked to Mexican cartelAlameda County Sheriff’s Office sergeant Bret Scheuller looks at some of the marijuana plants that were confiscated during a raid on an indoor marijuana cultivation operation in Oakland, Calif., on June 8, 2016. (Kristopher Skinner, Bay Area News Group)

All of those arrested were adults, but some children were also living at some houses, and they were released to Alameda County Child Protective Services, he said.

Houses raided Wednesday were on 84th Avenue, D Street, Tevis Street and a home on Rudsdale Avenue across the street from Acorn Woodland Elementary School.

Hesselein said the investigation began a month ago based on tips and community involvement.

Based on what the investigation has found so far, Hesselein said it shows that “marijuana is not a victimless crime. It brings a lot of problems to our cities.”

The task force, a multiagency law enforcement team headed by the sheriff’s office, was helped in the raids by Hayward and Oakland Housing Authority Police, the sheriff’s office Special Duty Unit and Transit Crimes Unit, and the county Office of Emergency Services.

Hesselein said a key part of the raids was the use of a sheriff’s department drone, which provided “instant on-site surveillance and intelligence and also was able to follow suspects trying to flee.”

He said the investigation is continuing.

This story was first published on East Bay Times

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5 U.S. Postal mail carriers in Ohio accused in pot delivery scheme

CLEVELAND — Federal authorities say five U.S. Postal Service mail carriers in northeast Ohio are facing charges for their involvement in a scheme to deliver marijuana to a drug dealer.

A grand jury indictment handed up on Wednesday was unsealed on Monday.

All five Cleveland mail carriers face charges including conspiracy, taking bribes and distributing marijuana.

Charging documents say the carriers gave Kevin Collins their work schedules and postal routes. Collins then had marijuana packages shipped to addresses on their routes on the days they worked. The carriers would then deliver those packages to Collins in return for payment.

Collins has pleaded guilty to drug charges under a plea deal.

Two carriers have pleaded not guilty. The other three have been issued summonses.

Authorities say one carrier has resigned. Four have been suspended.

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Pueblo County deputies seize $247,000 worth of pot from illegal grow

Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies seized 245 marijuana plants Monday and arrested a man on suspicion of having an illegal grow.

The Sheriff’s Office received a citizen’s complaint about the property at 4611 Rock Creek Road that led to the bust, said Gayle Perez, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

Bradley William Glavin, 30, was living in a trailer and growing pot in the foundation of an unfinished home and in two greenhouses on the property.

Since mid-March, Pueblo deputies have seized 5,873 plants, and 82 pounds of dried marijuana, arrested 35 people and shut down grows in 25 homes throughout the county, Perez said.

In one case, five arrests made at separate grows in different homes were related. In another, seven were arrested for cultivating plants in another five homes.

Glavin’s alleged grow doesn’t appear to be related to any others and he didn’t have the licensing needed to grow the marijuana, Perez said.

Deputies also seized 3 pounds of dried marijuana from the property. The estimated street value of the weed is $247,000.

Glavin was arrested, but deputies left him six plants — the state’s limit for one person growing legal marijuana.

He faces charges of possession of marijuana with intent to manufacture and cultivation of marijuana.

During the investigation on Rock Creek Road, deputies received a complaint of another possible illegal grow at a nearby property on Muldoon Road.

A search warrant was executed at that residence, but it was determined the grow was within the owner’s legal limit as allowed by state law.

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

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