Authorities bust 3-state pot trafficking ring -- Dylan Hudson, 26, of Placerville was charged
Maneeza Iqbal, Mar 29, 2012
A three-state drug trafficking bust lead to the arrest of 14 people and the seizure of 1,300 pounds of marijuana.
Dylan Hudson, 26, of Placerville was charged with conspiracy to grow and distribute marijuana and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute on Thursday by a federal grand jury, said Lauren Horwood, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of California.
On March 8, a tip lead police to a private shipping company in West Sacramento, where authorities seized 80 pounds of high grade marijuana, then allowed the empty crate continue on to Chicago, California Attorney General's Office said.
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In Chicago, officers followed Hudson and Jon Stansfield, of Chicago, to Milwaukee, Wisc, where they arrested the two men and seized another 120 pounds of marijuana and $300,000 in ...
After the arrests in Wisconsin, authorities served a warrant on Hudson's ranch in Placerville, where they say they found 946 pounds of processed marijuana, two pounds of hash, eight firearms, $100,000 in cash, $35,000 in silver bars and gold coins.
During the raid, 11 other suspects, believed to have been hired to trim and process the marijuana, were arrested. They were being held at El Dorado County Jail, officials said.
State officials did not release the suspects' names, but said they were facing felony charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales, sales and trafficking of marijuana and conspiracy.
A second nearby ranch that authorities say was owned by the drug trafficking ring also was raided. Drug agents say they found an indoor marijuana growing operation and recovered more than 73 pounds of processed marijuana and packaging there. Another suspect was arrested at the second ranch.
"In this case, we have shut down a large-scale drug trafficking operation that went beyond California's borders," Harris said.
Hudson was indicted Thursday in federal court in Sacramento on drug trafficking charges, said U.S. attorney's spokeswoman Lauren Harwood.
Hudson was still being held in Wisconsin but was expected to be returned to California to face the federal charges, Harwood said. She did not know if he had retained an attorney.
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ED TRELEVEN | Wisconsin State Journal | firstname.lastname@example.org | Thursday, March 15, 2012 7:45 am
Two out-of-state men, one of them a Wisconsin native, face marijuana trafficking charges after state and federal authorities, investigating an influx of high-grade marijuana from California, last week seized nearly $270,000 in cash from a hotel room and more than 200 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana from a storage locker.
Dane County Court Commissioner Todd Meurer said Wednesday during a court appearance for the two men that it was the largest marijuana-involved case that he recalls coming before him.
Jonathan Stansfield, 37, of Berwick, Maine, and Dylan C. Hudson, 26, of Placerville, Calif., were charged Wednesday with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.
According to a search warrant filed Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court, agents last Thursday conducted a controlled delivery of 90 pounds of marijuana to Stansfield, which had been shipped from California to Illinois.
Stansfield was followed from Chicago to Madison, where he went to the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 4402 E. Washington Ave., then left with Hudson.
A criminal complaint states that U.S. Department of Homeland Security Agent Russ Dykema watched as ...
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