Yuba County pot bust tied to 25-person ring
A Yuba County marijuana raid two years ago has been tied to a federal drug trafficking investigation involving 25 people, including numerous rappers and artists associated with a Bay Area rap label, according to federal court records.
Federal agents in September 2010 raided about 230 acres of property outside Camptonville, seizing more than 400 marijuana plants, six firearms and about $20,000 in cash.
Additional pot plants were found on National Forest Service land bordering property owned by Gregory S. McClellan, according to a criminal complaint unsealed last week in U.S. District Court in Sacramento. An accompanying affidavit from a Drug Enforcement Administration agent also was unsealed.
It is not clear if McClellan has been arrested, but he has admitted to supplying marijuana to the operator of a medical marijuana dispensary in Vallejo, the North Bay Alternative Healing dispensary, according to the complaint.
"McClellan said he had been supplying (the dispensary) with multiple-pound quantities of marijuana for two years," the complaint states.
Court records also note McClellan had reduced his profits over the years from $2,500 to $1,800 because of a "glut" of marijuana on the market in California.
"Agents also located a $6,000 check made out to McClellan from (the dispensary). McClellan had not yet cashed the check," according to the complaint.
McClellan's property on Old Toll Road, valued at around $1 million, was seized by federal authorities, but he was not arrested at the time. His status and whereabouts were not clear Thursday.
Agents connected McClellan to the suspected drug ring in August 2010, when they spotted him speaking with Clifford Bullock, owner of North Bay Alternative Healing dispensary, at the back of the facility, the complaint said.
DEA Agent Brian Nehring wrote in his affidavit that McClellan "owned several hundred acres in rural Yuba County, and satellite surveillance photographs of this property revealed several apparently active marijuana grow sites."
Bullock is one of 10 defendants in the case not in custody.
The Yuba County connection is just a small piece of a large and complicated trafficking investigation linking sales of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and Ecstasy to the Bay Area rap label Thizz Entertainment.
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