Law enforcement officials in Antioch, Calif. have made a massive drug bust just days before Christmas. The joint task force responsible for the raid uncovered almost 9,000 pounds of cannabis valued at almost $15 million in a suburban neighborhood. This operation is just one of many discoveries throughout the western states involving an increase in Chinese workers and funding at unlicensed cannabis operations. Stay tuned as this story develops.
The California Department of Cannabis Control has uncovered tantalizing evidence that points to a connection between four houses located in a San Francisco community and China. The homes were searched as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal cannabis operations.
Mexican drug cartels have been a known player in the illegal cannabis market in the US for years. However, a new source of funding and labor has surfaced - Chinese investors, owners, and workers. These individuals have entered the scene, establishing themselves in the illegal marijuana production industry. This development marks a significant shift in the dynamics of the illicit business.
Startling revelations from state law enforcement officials, economists and international drug trade experts reveal a massive surge in the number of farms financed by Chinese investors or owners. In Oklahoma, California and Oregon, illegal grows have seen an unprecedented rise in Chinese owners and workers. These disturbing developments have led to a range of crimes from human trafficking and murder that could potentially shake the very foundation of the cannabis industry as we know it.
A staggering 3,000 licensed marijuana farms are under investigation for fraudulent activity and potential ties to the illicit market in Oklahoma alone. Over half of the state's licensed farms have been flagged by law enforcement in the past year, signaling a major crackdown on illegal cannabis operations. According to a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, investigations are underway to determine how these farms obtained their licenses and whether they are participating in illegal activity.
According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN), there are around 2,000 farms in the state with ties to China, be it through funding or employment. The OBN has been busy cracking down on illegal farms, with over 800 shut down within the last two years. Astonishingly, 75 percent of those illegal farms were linked to China. This news is significant, shedding light on the increasing presence of Chinese influence in Oklahoma's cannabis industry.
Reports of illegal marijuana grows in southern Oregon have caught the attention of lawmakers and law enforcement due to increasing Chinese funding, resulting in changes being made to their testing requirements. As many as 20 nationalities have been linked to these illegal grows since 2021, but the potential influence of the Chinese Communist Party has experts concerned.
The Chinese Communist Party's malevolent power seems to have seeped into every crack and crevice of American society, even infecting the cannabis industry, according to Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and former prosecutor. In response to a Chinese surveillance balloon being sighted over Montana in early February, Joyce stated that their tactics have no bounds. It seems that no industry or sector is immune to their pervasive influence.
Chinese-funded cannabis cultivation is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Who is really behind the funding- could it be the Communist Party? And where does the weed actually end up- is it staying in the US or being shipped abroad? But the biggest question is, just how involved are organized crime syndicates in the American cannabis industry? It seems the more we uncover, the more there is left to explore.
The Chinese government may have a reputation for cracking down on drugs, but it seems the triads have found a way to work their way into the CCP's good graces. These criminal organizations have a hand in the global distribution of dangerous chemicals used to make illicit substances like fentanyl and methamphetamine.
While the CCP disavows them publicly, behind closed doors they often turn a blind eye to the triads' activities. In fact, some experts believe that these crime bosses even act as unofficial enforcers for the government. Despite the dangers posed by these illegal operations, the CCP seems willing to make a devil's bargain to maintain control.
As cannabis becomes legal in more states, a darker side is surfacing. Illegal operations are sprouting up like weeds, and an influx of Chinese nationals are using their funds and labor to fuel these illicit grows.
The cannabis industry is facing an uncertain future as the impact of these illegal operations still remains unseen. However, one thing is clear: the black market is thriving, despite law enforcement's best efforts