PORTLAND, Ore. – Oregon’s top federal prosecutor has charged nine people with financial and drugs crimes in what he says is a scheme to defraud banks and use the money to grow marijuana for the black market.
The case announced Tuesday is the first marijuana-related charges prosecuted by the US Attorney Billy Williams since he gave a memo criticizing Oregon pot surplus.
Williams was the first AMERICAN lawyer to the public a summary of its strategy for the federal marijuana enforcement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions reverted to the Obama-era protection for states with legal pot.
Federal prosecutors say that the current case began as a large fraud investigation and grew to be a drug probe that also stretched in California and Illinois.
Williams says illegal funds were also used for the launch of a state-licensed store in Corvallis, Oregon.