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With the Fentanyl problem in the spotlight is another problem literally growing right under our nose? Are Chinese nationals taking over the U.S Cannabis black market? Why should that worry us? #China #THC
    Published on March 8, 2019 · Last updated July 28, 2020
    Feds Say Illegal California Cannabis Grow Was Funded by Chinese
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    In a crackdown on illegal cannabis growth, federal authorities arrested three men in Southern California, revealing a scheme funded by Chinese money. Raids on seven homes in San Bernardino County uncovered 200 pounds of processed marijuana and 3,000 plants, sparking concerns over foreign investments in states where marijuana is decriminalized. A real estate agent, backed by millions wired from China's Guangdong Province, allegedly spearheaded the operation, amassing properties and funneling money through shell companies. This incident adds to previous cases where overseas funds supported illicit marijuana cultivation in states with legalized cannabis, highlighting concerns over foreign involvement and the challenges of prosecuting such cases.
    Published March 2, 2023 12:15pm EST
    Chinese nationals operate nearly every illegal indoor marijuana farm in the largest US county, sergeant says
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    The largest county in the U.S. battles illegal marijuana grows, with Chinese and Mexican nationals largely behind these operations, as revealed by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Marijuana Enforcement Team. They've served over 2,100 search warrants, seizing cannabis valued at $1 billion since 2020, with recent busts unearthing large-scale operations worth millions annually. Chinese nationals dominate indoor cultivation, while the team suspects Mexican cartels' involvement, yet definitive proof remains elusive. Despite immigration challenges, enforcement efforts have significantly reduced the number of illegal grows, signaling progress amidst the county's intensified crackdown on these operations.

    UPDATED NOVEMBER 21, 202312:30 PM ET
    Border Patrol sending migrants to unofficial camps in California's desert, locals say
    • PJasmine Garsd - NPR
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    In Southern California's Jacumba, locals raise alarm as U.S. Border Patrol delivers hundreds of migrants into unofficial camps, some on private property, amid dropping overnight desert temperatures. The migrants, arriving from various places, are directed to wait by Border Patrol after crossing the border, hoping it's the first step toward securing visas or asylum. Activists and locals decry the humanitarian crisis, citing inadequate support while expressing dismay at the situation's tragic toll on both migrants and property owners. These migrants, arriving through a gap in the border wall, find shelterless camps, enduring harsh desert conditions without adequate aid. Border Patrol directs them to stay put; otherwise, they face deportation, fostering distress among the diverse group seeking refuge. Despite outreach efforts by community members and volunteers, the lack of government assistance exacerbates the strain on both locals and migrants, leading to heightened concerns with winter's approach. The ongoing cycle of arrivals and deportations in this isolated desert landscape paints a bleak and cyclical picture of the region's humanitarian crisis.
    April 6, 2018
    Chinese crime groups illegally growing marijuana in California
    • PCal Coast News
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    United States prosecutors allege a transnational crime group, reportedly funded from China, purchased homes in Sacramento and turned them into large-scale marijuana cultivation sites. Federal agents seized over 61,000 marijuana plants, 200 kilograms of processed marijuana, and firearms from 74 homes and two business offices during a two-day operation. The syndicate allegedly used Chinese funds for down payments via wires from Fuijan Province, converting these homes into massive marijuana grows distributed nationwide, particularly in the Eastern United States. An investigation since 2014 tracked millions from China used for home purchases, leading to civil forfeiture actions against over 100 Sacramento houses—a move Sessions sees as a crucial tool against organized crime.
    Published: 1:30am, 7 Dec, 2017
    US police arrest 50 Chinese in raid on US$80m illegal marijuana growing operation
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    US police have arrested at least 50 Chinese nationals and seized US$80 million worth of marijuana plants in a crackdown on a massive illegal growing operation in Washington state, according to local media reports.

    Prosecutors suspect the growers in the northwestern US state operated as a syndicate that sold products to east coast cities such as New York, where prices are much higher than on the west coast, the Washington-based Chinook Observer newspaper reported on Monday.

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    12/04/2023
    Hundreds Of Illegal Chinese-Owned Marijuana Operations Taking Over Maine
    • PPlanet Today ( Authored by Jana J. Pruet via The Epoch Times )
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    Over the past three years, numerous illegal Chinese-owned marijuana growing operations have arisen across Maine, prompting concerns about safety hazards and links to organized crime. Law enforcement recently shut down an illegal grow operation in Franklin County, uncovering a larger issue of illegal operations tied to Chinese nationals. State officials, frustrated by vague enforcement laws, raised concerns about the lack of clarity on who should enforce laws against these illegal operations, highlighting safety hazards, neighborhood disruptions, and potential ties to other criminal activities. The problem extends beyond Maine, seen in large-scale seizures in Oklahoma and California, prompting law enforcement responses against illegal marijuana operations tied to organized crime syndicates.
    November 10, 2023
    Chinese Running More Than 100 Grow Operations in Maine
    • PThe New American - D. Michael DeRidder
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    In rural Maine, over 100 illegal marijuana growing operations run by Chinese-run Transnational Criminal Organizations have emerged, characterized by distinct features like properties purchased by Chinese individuals, strong cannabis odors, commercial growing trash, obscured windows, extensive indoor growing spaces, and constant heat pump use. These operations, flourishing amid Maine's legalization of recreational marijuana and federal attention on fentanyl, have significantly impacted the state's cannabis market. To combat this issue, Maine lawmakers are evaluating legislation to empower law enforcement at state, county, and local levels to tackle these criminal organizations behind the illicit growing operations.
    November 24, 2023 at 7:32am
    Law Enforcement Looking the Other Way as Illegal Chinese Grow Operations Causing Havok in Rural Areas: Report
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    • PThe Western Journal (Daily Caller - Jennie Taer)
    Rural Maine grapples with around 270 suspected illegal Chinese-run marijuana grow operations, yet despite community alerts, law enforcement appears unresponsive, according to an investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation. Department of Homeland Security warnings estimate these operations generate $4.37 billion in revenue, potentially funding further criminal activities or being sent back to China. Investigating several properties flagged by DHS and The Maine Wire, the report highlights these operations' visibility in rural areas, their role in local power disruptions, and concerns for community safety, as law enforcement appears inert despite repeated calls for intervention.
    Published 4 weeks ago on December 10, 2023
    Police Suspect Massive Church Marijuana Operation Was Run by Chinese Foreign National
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    Law enforcement officials confirmed the arrest of Ruian Huang, a 55-year-old Chinese national, for running a massive marijuana grow operation in a Tennessee church, labeled as the largest in the county's history. Huang, reportedly in the U.S. on a green card, faces drug charges, including maintaining a dwelling for cultivating controlled substances, with a bond set at $155,000. This bust adds to a trend of illegal Chinese-backed marijuana operations spreading across the U.S., paralleling major drug busts in New Mexico and Maine, where Border Patrol identified up to 270 illegal grow operations. The sophisticated operation in Indian Mound, Tennessee, involved around 2,000 plants in a complex growing environment, and law enforcement faced potential booby traps during their search.
    Dec 27, 2023
    Why is China Growing SO MUCH Pot in America?
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    The Chinese Communist Party has been using drug warfare to weaken the US. And as part of that drug warfare, they're setting up illegal marijuana grow sites all over the US. In this episode of China Uncensored, we look at illegal Chinese grow sites in Maine, why they've become so rampant and why authorities aren't cracking down.
    03/21/2023 04:30 AM EDT
    The growing Chinese investment in illegal American weed
    • PPolitico - NATALIE FERTIG
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    Law enforcement recently discovered nearly 9,000 pounds of cannabis, valued at nearly $15 million, during a raid in Antioch, Calif., linking the four houses searched to China. Chinese investors, owners, and workers have become significant contributors to illegal marijuana production across the United States, particularly in Oklahoma, California, and Oregon. Law enforcement flagged around 2,000 Oklahoma farms for potential ties to Chinese sources, with approximately 75 percent of shut-down operations linked to Chinese investors or organized crime. This rise in Chinese funding for cannabis production raises concerns about potential ties to the Chinese Communist Party, prompting congressional interest in scrutinizing Chinese ownership of farms and agribusinesses to curb illicit cannabis activities.
    AUGUST 16, 2023UPDATED:AUGUST 16, 2023
    Illegal Chinese Marijuana Grow Operations Are Taking Over Maine, Leaked Memo Says: DCNF EXCLUSIVE
    • PMaine Wire -DCNF
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    A federal memo obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation reveals that Maine is experiencing a surge of suspected Chinese illegal marijuana grow operations, estimated to generate $4.37 billion in revenue. Law enforcement has identified around 270 properties linked to these operations, often involving Chinese nationals who cannot be removed from the country due to residency or asylum claims. These operations, taking advantage of Maine's rural areas, collaborate with Mexican cartels, utilizing profits for criminal activities or sending funds back to China. Conflicting state and federal laws exacerbate the challenge, allowing criminal activities to thrive, as highlighted by Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton. Smugglers use Interstate 95 for transportation, creating a network that extends from Florida to New Brunswick.
    TUESDAY, DEC 12, 2023 - 06:25 PM
    Are Hordes Of Military-Age Chinese Men Being Brought Into The US In An Attempt To Destabilize Our Society?
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    The article suggests a significant increase in military-age Chinese nationals entering the US illegally and allegedly engaging in criminal activities across various states. Instances like a Chinese national defacing Hanukkah decorations, involvement in gift card scams, and operating illegal marijuana growing operations in Maine have raised suspicions. Moreover, a secretive bio-lab discovered earlier this year in Sacramento, run by a Chinese company, has led to further speculation about a network of similar labs nationwide. Reports also hint at coordinated migration efforts and the presence of Chinese nationals preparing to cross the US-Mexico border. While no definitive connection is proven, the article implies a potential plot to destabilize the US by infiltrating with military-age Chinese individuals, hinting at future conflicts with China.
    2023/04/17
    Massive Numbers of Military-Age Chinese Men Lining Up in Panama to ILLEGALLY Cross into USA
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    The article describes a situation in Panama where large groups of military-aged Chinese men are reportedly heading towards the US through the open southern border. It highlights concerns about strained US-China relations, mentioning potential conflict over Taiwan. The piece questions the US's ability to defend Taiwan and suggests that these Chinese men might be part of the People’s Liberation Army, sent to infiltrate the US in preparation for internal attacks during potential hostilities. It urges Americans to consider their readiness to defend their country, emphasizing the gravity of contemplating using firearms for self-defense in case of internal threats. Overall, it expresses apprehension about the possibility of war and its potential ramifications within the US.
    PUBLISHED: 12:31 EST, 26 December 2023 | UPDATED: 14:38 EST, 26 December 2023
    US border sees nearly 10,000 migrant crossings PER DAY in December - highest ever recorded- as massive migrant caravan continues to trek toward border
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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/texas/article-12901403/US-border-migrant-caravan-arrivals-march-video-photos.html#v-6573463354666891668 Border officials witnessed an unprecedented surge in migrant crossings, with over 9,600 daily arrivals in December, a stark increase from November's 6,800. The surge extends across the southern border, with Eagle Pass, Texas, Lukeville, Arizona, and Tijuana, Mexico, seeing overwhelming migrant influxes, hitting nearly 20,000 migrants in a week in Lukeville. The surge's strain has prompted "lateral decompression," shifting migrants to less busy areas for processing, leading to a crisis in cities like El Paso, Texas, where a vacant school is repurposed as an emergency migrant shelter. A looming migrant caravan, estimated at 6,000 to 8,000, possibly swelling to 15,000, adds to concerns about resource collapse at various border points.
    Nov. 30, 2023 9:25 am ET
    How Chinese Marijuana Operations Cropped Up in Small-Town America
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    Maine officials said they seized some 3,400 marijuana plants and 111 pounds of processed marijuana in June at a property in Carmel, Maine, identified as one of many unlicensed marijuana-growing operations in the state run by Chinese networks. PHOTO: PENOBSCOT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

    CARMEL, Maine—An astronomical electricity bill was the first tipoff that something unusual was going on at a former chicken farm in this town of 3,000 people off Interstate 95.

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    Steve Robinson Describes Chinese Nationals Running Massive Marijuana Grow Operations In The US
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