The driver of an armored car carrying $712,000 in cash from licensed marijuana dispensaries was heading into Barstow on a Mojave Desert freeway in November when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies pulled him over. They interrogated the driver, took the cash and turned it over the FBI.
A few weeks later deputies stopped the driver in Rancho Cucamonga and took $350,000 from legal pot shops. They also gave the FBI that money.
Now, the FBI is trying to confiscate the nearly $1.1-million bounty, which it might share with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Although the FBI claims that the money was linked to federal money-laundering or drug trafficking crimes, it has not specified any unlawful conduct and has not charged anyone with a crime.
The cash seizures — and another from the same trucking company in Kansas — raise questions about whether the Justice Department under President Biden is moving to disrupt the operations of licensed marijuana businesses in California and other states where pot is legal.
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