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California Pot Farmers Allegedly Bribe Sheriff $1 Million

Two cannabis farmers from Northern California face bribery charges after offering to pay a sheriff $1 million to look the other way and ignore their pot-growing activities. Siblings Gaosheng Laitinen and Chi Meng Yang were on Wednesday charged in the U.S. Attorney’s Office with trying to bribe Jon Lopey, Siskiyou County Sheriff, to shield their operations from raids. Unsealed on Thursday, the complaint also accuses the pair of conspiring to sell their harvest in Missouri, which is currently undergoing efforts to legalize cannabis use in that state. According to Lopey, the drama started on May 17, when the sheriff and a department captain met with Yang in his Yreka office, approximately 300 miles north of San Francisco near the California border with Oregon. Lopey accused Yang of asking him to protect 10 commercial weed farms from raids in exchange for $1 million, donated to any cause or charity of Lopey’s …

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