Marijuana Farms and Houses Labs - Clandestine
See also: p61-China-General; p280-Colorado Crime MARIJUANA FARMS OR HOUSES TERMINOLOGY BRIEF Key words/concepts/facets Black-Market Marijuana Human trafficking B-1 or B-2 visas (Chinese immigrant farmeres into USA) Money Laundering Grow Houses Pesticides Hydroponic Lights Fans Electrical - Bypassing meters (see Facets) Thermal Detection (See Facets) Pot Farm Pollution FACETS Electrical Bypassing meters of regular city systems NCSL dot or Electricity Use in Marijuana Production also see https://www.ncsl.org/research /energy/electricity-use-in-marijuana-production.aspx Thermal Detection of Illegal Marijuana Clusters also see Cornell Law dot edu https://www.law.cornell.edu/ supct/html/99-8508.ZO.html CHINESE Linked Grow Houses or Farms (See more under corresponding states) In one case in which he represented one of several defendants, for instance, he learned that the operation “was an arrangement between three people — a guy, I guess you could call him a kingpin, who put up money to put people in houses. He was the ‘money guy.’ The person who took title in his name was the ‘title guy.’ And then there’d be a third guy who managed the grow, and they split the profit three ways,” Renwick said. --See 420 Magazine-2017/10/17 Chinese: Background on Chinese Marijuana Illegal Sales inside USA 420 Magazine dot com [Chinese Link] 2017/10/17 Raids On Marijuana Grow Houses Often Find Chinese 'Farmers' Inside https //www 420magazine com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside 417518/ Excerpt: Coffman and other law enforcement officials say that marijuana growers and smugglers are targeting states such as Colorado and California assuming they can operate in the shadows of commercial enterprises that are licensed to grow pot. Coffman called the June indictment “a prime example that the black market for marijuana has not gone away since recreational marijuana was legalized in our state.” Yu, who has investigated scores of large-scale marijuana operations, say the Chinese grow houses share much in common. Many are purchased with cash and are located in quiet, unassuming suburbs. Electricians are brought in to bypass the electricity meters, so growers can tap a free source of power to run grow lights and fans. They can reap enormous profits. A single pot house can produce three crops annually, which can net a grower $1 million or more, depending on the size of the grow and the quality of the bud, Yu said. Often the marijuana is shipped to markets on the East Coast, one possible reason that Chinese immigrants from New York have recently been arrested in Sacramento-area raids. https //www 420magazine com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside 417518/ Chinese: Money Laundering The Epoch Times 2021/06/29 Chinese Use Social Media Apps in Marijuana Money Laundering Scheme. By Hannah Cai 2021/06/29--https //www theepochtimes com/mkt_app/chinese-use-social-media-apps-in-marijuana-money- laundering-scheme_3877698 html Chinese: California Sacramento Drug Houses 2017/10/17--420 Magazine Raids On Marijuana Grow Houses Often Find Chinese 'Farmers' Inside https //www 420magazine com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside 417518/ Chinese: Colorado 2021/06/11 The Durango Herald: 21 indicted in illegal marijuana operation in Colorado https //www durangoherald com/articles/21-indicted-in-illegal-marijuana-operation-in-colorado/ 2020/10/06 Cannabis dot net The Navajo vs Illegal Chinese Marijuana Grows - Stranger ... https //cannabis net/blog/opinion/the-navajo-vs... 2019/12/19 The Denver Channel: How a Marijuana network tied to China became a player on Colorado black market https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/how-a-marijuana-network-tied-to-china-became-a- player-on-the-colorado-black-market 2019/05/24 Denver dot CBS Local: ‘Asian Pride’ Marijuana Bust Was Largest In Colorado Law Enforcement History https //denver cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/marijuana-raid-asian-pride-drug-trafficking-organization-busted/ 2016/09/21 Post Independent: 3,000 pot plants seized in illegal Garfield County grow https //www postindependent com/news/crime/3000-pot-plants-seized-in-illegal-grow/ Chinese: Washington 2021/06/30--La Cannabis News dot com Chinese Criminal Groups Continue Controlling Marijuana ... Chinese: Various 2021/01/23-VOA News dot com: Chinese Workers Turn to US Marijuana Industry as Service ... 2020/06/29 Breitbart: Chinese Criminal Groups Continue Controlling Marijuana ... https //www breitbart com/border/2020/06/29/... 2018/04/04--US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals MARIJUANA HOUSES Various Marijuana Houses Seattle Times 2018/04/04 US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals https //www seattletimes.com/business/us-seizes-pot-growing-houses-tied-to-china-based-criminals/ California Marijuana Houses Sacramento 420 Magazine dot com [Chinese Link] 2017/10/17 Raids On Marijuana Grow Houses Often Find Chinese 'Farmers' Inside https //www 420magazine com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside 417518/ Colorado Marijuana Houses The Denver Channel [Chinese Link] 2019/12/19 How a Marijuana network tied to China became a player on the Colorado black market https //www thedenverchannel com/news/local-news/how-a-marijuana-network-tied-to-china-became-a- player-on-the-colorado-black-market Denver dot CBS Local [Chinese Link] 2019/05/24 ‘Asian Pride’ Marijuana Bust Was Largest In Colorado Law Enforcement History By Rick Sallinger https //denver cbslocal.com/2019/05/24/marijuana-raid-asian-pride-drug-trafficking-organization-busted/ The Durango Herald [Chinese Link] 2021/06/11 21 indicted in illegal marijuana operation in Colorado https //www durangoherald com/articles/21-indicted-in-illegal-marijuana-operation-in-colorado/ US News Per Denver Post [Commerce City, CO Denver metro area] 2019/01/31 Feds, Police Bust Marijuana Grow Houses in Colorado: Authorities served dozens of search warrants as they raided the apparent marijuana grow operations. By Megan Trimble https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-01-31/federal-agents-police-bust-suspected- marijuana-grow-houses-in-col Excerpt: Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and local authorities remove marijuana plants during an assumed illegal marijuana operation on Jan. 31, 2019 in Commerce City, Colorado. Federal and local authorities in Colorado busted suspected marijuana operations in a coordinated raid of up to 50 black-market grow houses, according to The Denver Post. Agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and police served dozens of search warrants Thursday morning in the Denver metro area in what the Post reports is the third large-scale, coordinated raid in five months. Pictures from the raid show agents hauling uprooted marijuana plants from homes and piling them in driveways and front yards. More than 1,000 plants were reportedly taken from one home. https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-01-31/federal-agents-police-bust-suspected- marijuana-grow-houses-in-col Nevada marijuana houses 420 Magazine dot com [Chinese Link] 2017/10/17 Raids On Marijuana Grow Houses Often Find Chinese 'Farmers' Inside https://www.420magazine.com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside.417518/ Excerpt: n July, a federal jury in Nevada convicted a 66-year-old Chinese man, Jianguo Han, on charges of running a large-scale marijuana operation in two Las Vegas houses. A month earlier, Colorado indicted five Chinese immigrants and 69 other defendants. They are accused of participating in what Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman called “the largest illegal marijuana trafficking ring” since the state legalized the drug in 2015. https://www.420magazine.com/community/threads/raids-on-marijuana-grow-houses-often-find-chinese- farmers-inside.417518/ Texas marijuana houses DFW dot CBS Local dot com [Mexican Cartels] 2011/02/03 Mexican Cartels Taking Over Some North Texas Homes https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2011/02/03/mexican-cartels-taking-over-north-texas-homes/ Cartels pot-legal states, Cuba Connection NBC 2018/05/29 Foreign cartels embrace home-grown marijuana in pot-legal states. By Dennis Romero, Gabe Gutierrez, and Robert Powell Foreign gangs are finding that black-market marijuana is profitable even in states that have legalized cannabis. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/foreign-cartels-embrace-home-grown-marijuana-pot-legal- states-n875666 Houston, Texas vicinity Justice dot gov articles-see more in that section : 2016/03/04-Grow-houses/hydroponic: 7 Ordered to Federal Prison for Extensive Marijuana Grow House Operation 2013/12/05-Last Of 24 Arrested In Massive Marijuana Grow House Case Ordered To Prison In General in Texas KSAT 2012/02/18 DEA: Marijuana grow houses on the rise in Texas Growing marijuana in plain sight. By Tim Gerber https://www.ksat.com/news/2012/02/18/dea-marijuana-grow-houses-on-the-rise-in-texas-2/ MARIJUANA FARMS California Marijuana Farms California linked see Cannabis-2020/10/06 Breitbart [Chinese Link] 2020/06/29 Chinese Criminal Groups Continue Controlling Marijuana ... https://www.breitbart.com/border/2020/06/29/... Illegally cultivated grow farms in California and Washington state are operated by Chinese nationals, according to a report from the U.S. Customs and … Related Topic: Problem with Pot Farms in General Butte County California Press Herald 2013/08/01 Calif. pot farm pollution: Too dangerous to deal with? By Tracie Cone The Associated Press Marijuana farms proliferate in the high Sierra, where armed Mexican cartel operatives clear wilderness areas, divert creeks and poison wildlife. https://www.pressherald.com/2013/08/01/calif-pot-farm-pollution-too-dangerous-to-deal-with/ Colorado Marijuana Farms Cannabis dot net [Chinese Link] 2020/10/06 The Navajo vs Illegal Chinese Marijuana Grows - Stranger ... https://cannabis.net/blog/opinion/the-navajo-vs... Excerpt: The raid was part of a federal investigation into a California-linked Chinese drug trafficking network in Colorado. It culminated in May 2019 with the seizure of more than 80,000 marijuana plants — the biggest black- market marijuana bust in state history, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Post Independent [Chinese connection] 2016/09/21 3,000 pot plants seized in illegal Garfield County grow. Ryan Summerlin. https://www.postindependent.com/news/crime/3000-pot-plants-seized-in-illegal-grow/ Excerpt: Fourteen people were arrested Monday in a bust of an enormous illegal marijuana grow operation between Rifle and Silt, authorities said. A joint Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Agency operation discovered the large, and long-established operation, which Sheriff Lou Vallario estimated to be about 30 to 40 acres on Mile Pond Road. Vallario said he suspects that some of the people arrested at the grow operation, believed to be Chinese nationals, are in the country illegally. Along with TRIDENT and the DEA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is working the case. Investigators are also considering the possibility that some of the suspects are victims of human trafficking and forced labor, Vallario said. New Mexico Marijuana Farms Shiprock, Navajo Reservation 2020/10/06--https //cannabis net/blog/opinion/the-navajo-vs-illegal-chinese-marijuana-grows-stranger-than- fiction https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2020/09/24/a-massive-hemp-empire-is-accused-of-growing-illegal-marijuana-and- sowing-violence-on-the-navajo- Shiprock cannabis farms moved to Oklahoma's farm country https://www.daily-times.com/story/news/2020/12/26/... Oklahoma Marijuana Farms Chinese busted in Oklahoma, buying land and growing ... https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/chinese-busted... Apr 25, 2021 · Chinese busted in Oklahoma, buying land and growing marijuana for black market. April 25, ... 10 detained in Guthrie marijuana grow operation raid: “We are probably seizing 10,000 – 15,000 plants that are in about 15 greenhouses here on the property, as well as 60-100 pounds of finished product that’s bagged up that’s ready for sell ... Oklahoma State dot Forums Chinese Owned Marijuana Farms in Oklahoma ... https://oklahomastate.forums.rivals.com/threads/... Jun 28, 2021 · Locals are alarmed by what they believe are trafficked farm workers, black market marijuana and illegal firearms. Wife was speaking with a friend and landowner in central Oklahoma tonight. This land owner‘s property is adjacent to a Chinese owned marijuana farm. Evidently, the Chinese in question are bringing their polluting ways with them ... Investment Watch Blog 2021/04/25 Chinese busted in Oklahoma, buying land and growing ... https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/chinese-busted... Chinese busted in Oklahoma, buying land and growing marijuana for black market. April 25, ... 10 detained in Guthrie marijuana grow operation raid: “We are probably seizing 10,000 – 15,000 plants that are in about 15 greenhouses here on the property, as well as 60-100 pounds of finished product that’s bagged up that’s ready for sell ... Washington Marijuana Farms La Cannabis News dot com [Chinese Link] 2021/06/30 Chinese Criminal Groups Continue Controlling Marijuana ... https://www.lacannabisnews.com/chinese-criminal... Jun 30, 2020 · Chinese Criminal Groups Continue Controlling Marijuana Farms on U.S. Soil Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles Illegally cultivated grow farms in California and Washington state are operated by Chinese nationals, according to a report from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Various - States, Information - Marijuana Farms VOA News dot com 2021/01/23 Chinese Workers Turn to US Marijuana Industry as Service ... https://www.voanews.com/usa/chinese-workers-turn... Jan 23, 2021 · From November 9-11, authorities found about 30 tons of illegal marijuana at 21 farms, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of … Modbee dot com 2017/10/17 Chinese immigrants increasingly caught up in raids on ... https://www.modbee.com/news/article179260411.html Oct 17, 2017 · Chinese immigrants have been arrested in multiple recent police raids on marijuana grow houses in California, Colorado and other states, raising questions about how … Justice dot gov Cases (Also listed briefly under Houses and/or Farms by State) 2019/03/07 [Chinese Link] San Bernardino County, California-Grow Houses: Three SoCal Men Arrested in Scheme in Which Chinese Money Allegedly Funded Seven Inland Empire Marijuana Grow Houses https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/three-socal-men-arrested-scheme-which-chinese-money-allegedly- funded-seven-inland Excerpt: LOS ANGELES – Three men were arrested this morning on federal charges alleging they took part in a scheme that used millions of dollars wired from China to purchase seven residential homes in San Bernardino County that were converted into illegal marijuana grow houses. https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/three-socal-men-arrested-scheme-which-chinese-money-allegedly- funded-seven-inland 2016/03/04 Houston, Texas-Grow-houses/hydroponic: 7 Ordered to Federal Prison for Extensive Marijuana Grow House Operation https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/7-ordered-federal-prison-extensive-marijuana-grow-house-operation Excerpt: HOUSTON – Three leaders and four others have been ordered to federal prison for their roles in a hydroponic marijuana growing conspiracy operating in and around Houston, announced U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. All had previously entered guilty pleas in the case. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/7-ordered-federal-prison-extensive-marijuana-grow-house-operation 2013/03/20 Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties: 10 linked to network of grow houses across three southland counties arrested https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/10-linked-network-marijuana-grow-houses-across-three-southland- counties-arrested Excerpt: RIVERSIDE, California – Federal and state authorities this morning arrested 10 defendants charged in a federal criminal complaint that accuses them of participating in a wide-ranging drug conspiracy that operating marijuana grow houses across Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As part of the investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration, authorities this morning arrested 10 out of 11 people named in the complaint and executed search warrants at 26 locations – which includes 15 grow houses – stretching from Arcadia to Corona to Fontana. One defendant remains a fugitive who is being sought by authorities. During this morning’s operation, authorities seized more than $250,000 in cash, seven guns (including an assault rifle) and more than 8,000 marijuana plants. https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/10-linked-network-marijuana-grow-houses-across-three-southland- counties-arrested 2013/12/05 Houston, Texas: [Vietnam link] Farm/Grow; Last Of 24 Arrested In Massive Marijuana Grow House Case Ordered To Prison https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/last-24-arrested-massive-marijuana-grow-house-case-ordered-prison Excerpt: “Today’s sentencing illustrates the seriousness of growing marijuana in Texas,” said Peña. “Whether our investigation leads us to marijuana grow houses operating within city limits or to a country field outside of the city, DEA’s mission is to investigate these illegal operations. The defendants of this organization now recognize DEA does not discriminate on which location you choose. DEA and its law enforcement partners will continue to aggressively and proactively target all areas of drug trafficking.” Do pleaded guilty to conspiring to maintain a premises for the manufacture, distribution, possession or use of marijuana as did the other 23 defendants involved in the clandestine indoor marijuana grow organization. All of the defendants were born in Vietnam, most of whom were naturalized Canadian, Swedish or U.S. citizens, or permanent U.S. resident aliens. All foreign nationals are subject to deportation upon completing their prison terms. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdtx/pr/last-24-arrested-massive-marijuana-grow-house-case-ordered-prison 2013/05/23 Florida: Grow Houses/Hydroponic-Murder Retaliation/Kidnapping, Drug, Money Laundering; Twelve Defendants Sentenced For Murder/Marijuana Grow House Conspiracy https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/twelve-defendants-sentenced-murdermarijuana-grow-house-conspiracy Excerpt: According to court documents, the defendants operated an extensive network of hydroponic marijuana grow houses throughout South Florida. In 2009, a large quantity of marijuana belonging to the organization was stolen. Members of the organization set out to find the people responsible for the theft. On June 28, 2009, Derrick Santiesteban, Gilberto Santiesteban, Jr., Norge Manduley, and Juan Felipe Castañeda kidnapped the individual who they thought was responsible for the theft of the marijuana. During the abduction, the individual was shot and killed. Derrick Santiesteban was sentenced to life in prison on charges of drug, money laundering, and kidnapping with death resulting. https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl/pr/twelve-defendants-sentenced-murdermarijuana-grow-house-conspiracy LABS - CLANDESTINE Mesa AZ Police Clandestine Labs, Stash Houses and What You Can Do About Drugs In Your Neighborhood https://www.mesaazpolice.gov/community/drugs-in-your-neighborhood Excerpt: Clandestine Labs A narcotics laboratory or production house is also frequently referred to as a clandestine drug laboratory or clan lab. These laboratories are mini-chemical labs designed for one purpose: to make deadly, illegal drugs quickly and cheaply. "Clan lab" chemists can produce LSD, synthetic Heroin and other drugs, but their drug of choice is Methamphetamine, commonly called Meth, Speed or Crank. A smokeable form of methamphetamine called Ice, Glass or Crystal is also produced. Not only are these homemade drugs dangerous, but the labs that produce them can be located in any neighborhood and pose serious health and safety threats to the public. Toxic chemicals, explosions, fires, booby traps, armed criminals -- any of these can mean disaster for the people who inadvertently stumble onto the labs. The Mesa Police Department has confronted this problem by having several of its detectives attend the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement/Safety Certification Program hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In the Year 2000, the Mesa Police Department located and dismantled approximately 35 laboratories. These laboratories have been located in single-family residences, multi-family residences, and as well as in vehicles and various other locations throughout the city. Many of the laboratories have been located with the aid of concerned citizens. Below you will find several signs that may indicate the presence of a clandestine laboratory. Strong chemical odors High volumes of traffic to suspected location People coming outside only to smoke Chemical containers coming to and from that location https://www.mesaazpolice.gov/community/drugs-in-your-neighborhood STASH HOUSES-DRUGS Drug Stash Houses (p. 337 - here) Human Smuggling Stash Houses (Human Trafficking Issue) (p. 17 Borders/Human Trafficking-Stash Houses) Links List-Stash Houses https://www.chron.com/news/article/HPD-shares-warning-signs-about-drug-stash-houses-2052874.php https://www.mesaazpolice.gov/community/drugs-in-your-neighborhood https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/local/what-is-a-stash-house/2017/09/19/5de53a6c-884a-11e7-96a7- d178cf3524eb_video.html Articles Stash Houses Drug Stash Houses Chron dot com 2001/05/17 HPD shares warning signs about 'drug stash houses' https://www.chron.com/news/article/HPD-shares-warning-signs-about-drug-stash-houses-2052874.php Excerpt: The nature of the wholesale illegal drug business causes smuggling and distributing organizations to store drugs temporarily in what they think is a safe place, until they can sell or move the drugs to other cities. These organizations usually pick a location in a neighborhood or apartment complex where they think they will not be noticed. Narcotics investigators call these hiding places "Stash Houses." Unlike a house where low level dealers sell drugs to users, with all the attendant traffic coming and going, Stash Houses are chosen and used in a way that the drug traffickers think will prevent suspicion. They count on neighbors and other people in the community not to be suspicious. There are indicators to look for to detect if a house is being used to store drugs in your neighborhood. Often difficult for police to watch, on a cul-de-sac or dead-end. The yard is unkempt. Trash is seldom at the curb for pickup. Different vehicles, especially vans and pickup trucks, will enter and exit, day or night. Vehicles will have variety of license plates, and many will be out of state or paper "buyer" plates. Occupants may be seen dismantling vehicles. Usually little, if any, furniture in the home. Occupants tend to keep to themselves, and are not visible on a daily basis https://www.chron.com/news/article/HPD-shares-warning-signs-about-drug-stash-houses-2052874.php Mesa AZ Police On Clandestine Labs, Stash Houses and What You Can Do About Drugs In Your Neighborhood https://www.mesaazpolice.gov/community/drugs-in-your-neighborhood Excerpt: Clandestine Labs A narcotics laboratory or production house is also frequently referred to as a clandestine drug laboratory or clan lab. These laboratories are mini-chemical labs designed for one purpose: to make deadly, illegal drugs quickly and cheaply. "Clan lab" chemists can produce LSD, synthetic Heroin and other drugs, but their drug of choice is Methamphetamine, commonly called Meth, Speed or Crank. A smokeable form of methamphetamine called Ice, Glass or Crystal is also produced. Not only are these homemade drugs dangerous, but the labs that produce them can be located in any neighborhood and pose serious health and safety threats to the public. Toxic chemicals, explosions, fires, booby traps, armed criminals -- any of these can mean disaster for the people who inadvertently stumble onto the labs. The Mesa Police Department has confronted this problem by having several of its detectives attend the Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement/Safety Certification Program hosted by the Drug Enforcement Agency. In the Year 2000, the Mesa Police Department located and dismantled approximately 35 laboratories. These laboratories have been located in single-family residences, multi-family residences, and as well as in vehicles and various other locations throughout the city. Many of the laboratories have been located with the aid of concerned citizens. Below you will find several signs that may indicate the presence of a clandestine laboratory. Strong chemical odors High volumes of traffic to suspected location People coming outside only to smoke Chemical containers coming to and from that location https://www.mesaazpolice.gov/community/drugs-in-your-neighborhood Washington Post 2017/09/19 What is a 'stash house?' https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/local/what-is-a-stash-house/2017/09/19/5de53a6c-884a-11e7-96a7- d178cf3524eb_video.html Stash houses are a vital part of immigrant and drug smuggling networks on the U.S.-Mexico border. LINKS LIST Chinese Grow Houses and Farms Updates: 2021/09/14 added Stash House section; 2021/08/16 Clandestine Labs section added; 2021/08/14-15 updates; 2021/08/12 Justice dot gov section added; menu ordering link activation ; 2021/08/11-PAGE STARTED-Marijuana Farms & Houses;
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