Large quantities of marijuana have been shipped from California to New York as part of an operation that authorities say has been going on for six years.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of New York stated in a press release on Tuesday that 24 defendants have been charged with multiple crimes, including distribution, money laundering, possession of firearms, and related offenses.
According to a 99- page document, the defendants were using the Fast Pack Ship in Fresno between 2016 and 2022 to send thousands of kilograms of marijuana via UPS UPS and FedEx FDX to more than 11 recipients already listed in the document and all in the Albany metropolitan area.
The indictment says the defendants were selling edibles containing THC through a slot in the door at so-called knock spots in Albany, NY's capital.
The press release continues, as well as the seizure of firearms and ammunition at knock spots and residences belonging to those who ran the knock spots, because of the search warrants executed throughout the investigation.
The group allegedly laundered proceeds from the sales of weed and edibles through money transfers, the transportation and delivery of cash and real estate transactions and the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to a joint investigation by the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ATF DEA, Troy Police Dept. and Department of Homeland Security.