Massive pot mailing operation busted in PB

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A massive coast-to-coast marijuana mailing operation was busted in Pacific Beach, authorities said Friday.

San Diego police said brothers Kyle and Christopher Gillen and Matt Schneider sold pot in the mail.

“They were shipping marijuana to the east coast every month,” said Deputy District Attorney Stacy McReynolds. “The money would be wired or shipped back.”

Pacific Beach pot, marijuana mailing schemeThe three men were taken into custody Wednesday after a year long investigation by the U.S. Postal Service and the Anti-Money Laundering Alliance which includes Chula Vista Police Department.

The huge amounts of cash coming back through the mail allegedly that tipped off authorities.

Chula Vista Police Lt. Lon Turner said they were shipping hundreds of thousands of pounds of pot to New Jersey and other east coast states.

“We estimate this group was doing approximately $30,000 a week over the course of this last year,” Turner said.

“A pound of marijuana goes for $1500 in San Diego, but on the east coast it goes for about $6,000 a pound – which is with amount coming back,” McReynolds said.

The investigation is ongoing but authorities estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000 were coming back to San Diego in drug money.

“We located several accounts, including safe deposit boxes,” said the prosecutor during Friday’s arraignment. “We found in access of $600,000 in assets that we seized or had frozen.”

The two brothers are originally from New Jersey, but lived in Pacific Beach for the last eight years.  They were allegedly growing the marijuana in a warehouse in Point Loma, where authorities found 400 plants in various stages of growth.

More charges are pending as the investigation continues, but minimum if convicted they are looking at 10 years plus.


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