On January 9, 2018, a federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration busted a marijuana dispensary in Northern California and seized more than 1.4 million plants.
They are the largest seizure of marijuana in U.S. history, according to the DEA.
But the bust didn’t stop there.
A week later, federal agents with the U.K.’s National Crime Agency arrested a man who had an extensive history of drug dealing, trafficking, and money laundering.
He was caught with more than $1 million in cash, a $400,000 watch, and $1,600 in jewelry, according a U.N. report.
And then, just a few days later, the feds seized a massive stash of marijuana from a home in the southern state of South Carolina.
The feds’ biggest bust in South Carolina, where the man was busted, was part of a crackdown on a network of drug dealers, prosecutors and defense lawyers told the Associated Press.
The indictment charges a man named William Johnson, 47, with trafficking more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana to Mexico, a charge he denied.
The feds seized more more than 5,000 kilos of marijuana at the time of the bust.
In January 2019, a New York federal judge threw out a case that stemmed from a similar bust in New York.
Prosecutors say Johnson, a self-described pot smoker, sold a small amount of marijuana on Craigslist in New Jersey, but the judge found that the man had been trying to avoid a DEA investigation.
A month later, Johnson was arrested and indicted on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute, according the New York Daily News.
This is the latest installment of the “What You Need to Know About the Marijuana Arrests and Racketeering Charges” series.
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