2 Plead Guilty in California ‘Cannaland’ Illicit Wholesale Cannabis Operation

2 Plead Guilty in California ‘Cannaland’ Illicit Wholesale Cannabis Operation

<![CDATA[More than 3,000 pounds of cannabis with an estimated street value of $6 million was seized by law enforcement officials executing a search warrant in April 2021 in Spring Valley, Calif.—roughly 10 miles east of San Diego. The targeted operation, known as “Cannaland,” functioned primarily as a wholesale cannabis supplier to unlicensed dispensaries in Southern California, according to the Department of Justice’s U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California. Cannaland also operated as an illicit cannabis retailer in its own right, serving individual customers, according to the DOJ. In connection with that operation, Shahram “Sean” Sheikhan, 52, of Las Vegas, and Sabriana Williams, 26, of San Diego, were charged with conspiracy to distribute cannabis. Maximum penalties included 40 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a $5-million fine for Sheikhan, and 20 years in prison with a $1-million fine for Williams. Sheikhan and Williams pleaded guilty in federal court to drug distribution charges on June 30, 2022, joining several others in the district who have pleaded guilty to various drug, firearm and money laundering charges in federal court as part of an ongoing investigation by federal and state authorities targeting unlicensed dispensaries throughout Southern California. “Over the last two years, federal and state law enforcement targeted the operation of dozens of illegal, unlicensed marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County in order to enforce the law and curtail the related crime alleged in this case,” Randy S. Grossman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, said in a June 30 press release from his office. The law enforcement agencies involved with the investigation include the FBI, San Diego County Sherriff’s Department, San Diego and Chula Vista police departments, and Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI). FBI Special Agent in Charge Stacey…

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