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After several years of intense federal investigation, a massive illegal marijuana operation has been exposed in Oklahoma City. The accused allegedly used a fake Amazon delivery van to transport large quantities of marijuana around the city. According to federal court records, the documents provided insight into how the perpetrator evaded detection for so long.

Brandon Yee, the suspect, is accused by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) and the FBI of using an Amazon delivery truck to illegally transport marijuana. According to court records, the FBI has been investigating this illegal drug operation since November 2021.

According to the FBI, Yee allegedly used his establishment, Arch Granite and Cabinetry, as a storage facility and collection point for drug shipments. As stated in court records, YE drove an Amazon Van to visit Marijuana growing locations in Oklahoma. There, he loaded large black trash bags containing sealed packages of marijuana and moved them to designated stash houses under his control.

After that, the marijuana was reportedly repackaged and transported to Yee’s warehouse located in Oklahoma City. According to court documents, at these warehouses, it seems, about once a week, half a truck is loaded with cannabis for transportation out of the country.

In February, law enforcement stopped one of the aforementioned trucks and discovered nearly 2,700 pounds of marijuana packed into more than 1,000 kilograms during a traffic stop in Indiana. Presently, the suspect is facing drug conspiracy charges in a federal court.

Not the first huge bust

Mark Woodward, an official with OBN, stated that for the past year, the Narcotics Bureau has been targeting organizations that immigrated to Oklahoma and attempted to exploit the medical marijuana program. These organizations violate regulations and engage in various criminal offenses.

Authorities conducted 12 searches at nine farms in southern Oklahoma and three other connected buildings in 2022. The investigation revealed that these farms allegedly moved marijuana legally grown in Oklahoma to the black markets of other states, including California, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas and Indiana. .

Law enforcement officials reported seizing more than 100,000 marijuana plants and more than 200,000 pounds of manufactured marijuana, valued at more than $500 million. According to Anderson, the raids across the state involved more than 300 law enforcement officers.

Oklahoma: The largest US exporter of black market weed

the next Oklahoma legalized marijuana for medical use in 2018Low land costs, affordable licenses, and lax regulatory oversight have attracted a large number of marijuana growers to the state. This led to a significant influx of commercial marijuana cultivation in the area.

The crop of cannabis cultivation operations in Oklahoma has exceeded the legal demand for medical marijuana users since there are no restrictions on the size of farms or the volume of marijuana they can produce. Of the four million people in the state, these patients make up 0%. In total, the The state licensed 2,600 dispensaries and 7,000 farms.

Authorities in Oklahoma are working to bring the expanding marijuana sector under control, which has been linked to violent crime and residents’ concerns about strong, unpleasant odors coming from industrial-scale facilities. According to Mark Woodward of the Oklahoma Drug Bureau, the organization is looking at more than 2,000 farms that may have fraudulently obtained their grow permits.

According to the law, 75 percent of the ownership of farming operations must be local. However, Woodward mentioned that many of the investors are from other states or countries circumventing this rule by paying an Oklahoma resident to be the majority owner in name only. These “ghost farms” are targeted by state authorities as a strategy to combat the illicit market.

There continues to be significant refusal to legalize recreational cannabis in Oklahoma

Advocates for recreational marijuana use faced a setback in Oklahoma when A.J A ballot measure proposing to legalize individuals over the age of 21 was rejected by voters. This happened despite the state’s increasing acceptance of access to medicine for medical purposes. Since the legalization of medical cannabis, Oklahoma medical marijuana businesses have been granted 2,890 licenses across the state. Oklahoma City, the state capital, hosts more than 400 dispensaries.

A proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use was rejected by 63% of Oklahoma voters after aggregating 90% of the vote. This is despite the fact that 10% of the state’s citizens have a medical marijuana license. Oklahoma voters voted overwhelmingly (by 14 points) to expand medical marijuana use in 2018. However, Republican Gov. Kevin State and other politicians and law enforcement organizations have resisted the expansion of recreational use. Last year, state lawmakers imposed a two-year moratorium on new medical marijuana licenses.

Proponents of legalization stressed the potential tax revenue generated by recreational use, but expressed concern about poor voter turnout undermining their case. Ryan Kessel, who spoke on behalf of the Yes on 820 campaign, stated that Oklahoma should legalize marijuana, as individuals without medical cards were detained and punished for marijuana possession. But so far, the opposition is still winning.


The indictment of a massive illegal marijuana business in Oklahoma City is a significant event that underscores the fight law enforcement officials are still engaged in to suppress black market cannabis-related activities. Large quantities of illegal drugs are moved across state lines using forged delivery trucks, home stashes, and warehouses, demonstrating the expertise and sophistication of these criminal enterprises. The Brandon Yee case exemplifies the difficulties law enforcement authorities face when trying to stop this type of crime.

Paying close attention to the illegal cannabis market is critical because it remains a major public safety and rule of law concern, especially as Oklahoma struggles with the growth of its legal marijuana industry. The exposure of this massive criminal operation underscores the need for concerted efforts to combat these activities and the importance of effective regulation of the legal cannabis sector. Only by continuing their work will law enforcement organizations and legislators be able to effectively oversee and supervise the marijuana business in Oklahoma, ensuring that it is safe, legal and free from the control of shady figures.



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