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Second Grow Operation Bust Tied To A Jia Wang

 

Suzie Campbell

Empty chemical containers lay in the mud inside the grow house operation busted Tuesday, July 13 near Jacktown.

A familiar name is tied to an illegal grow bust in Jacktown. The grow house, seized by District Attorney Allan Grubb and his special team, appears to be owned by the same person who owned the grow house on Clearpond in Bethel Acres.

Early Tuesday morning, July 13, the team arrived at a grow operation near Jacktown where 2,200 plants found in eight grow houses, and a large barn were seized. Grubb said the facility was operating without an Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) license.

The owner, Jia Wang, purchased the property on October 1, 2020. Grubb said the owner appears to be connected to the grow house operation shut down in May in Bethel Acres. He said the OBN license for the Jacktown property is on hold due to the connection.

In May 2021, the Bethel Acres Board of Trustees was made aware of a medical marijuana operation on Clearpond Road operating within the town limits without a permit. A restraining order (case CJ-2021-116) against defendant Jia Fu Wang, an individual; CB Firm OKC, LLC; and CB Firm Oklahoma, LLC was filed on April 22. The board then issued a moratorium temporarily suspending the approval and issuing of new business permits for the growing, processing, storing, and selling of medical marijuana.

A disturbing development at the Jacktown operation was the discovery of multiple cans of Raid Concentrated Deep Reach Fogger found within the houses. Grubb said, "They're using Raid on the plants, which is not a legal chemical to use on the flower. If a patient gets that, it can kill them."

Grubb said the pesticide was probably used to stop the spread of spider mites. Research by The Countywide & Sun found several sites that stated spider mites are highly destructive when growing marijuana indoors.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) website states:

"Pesticides registered with ODAFF may be used in accordance with their label or labeling directions for the cultivation of medical marijuana in OK under the following conditions:

"A) For products registered by the Environmental Protection Agency under Section 3 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act:

"1) Only those products approved for use on hemp are available for use on medical marijuana.

"2) When the product is labeled for hemp and the pesticide product label permits the use for the intended site of application.

" 3) All labeling directions and precautions are followed for the application.

"B) The pesticide product label specifically allows for its use on medical marijuana.

" C) For 25(b) minimum risk pesticide products as defined in 40 CFR 152.25(f); the pesticide product label permits the use for the intended site of application and permits the use on crops or plants intended for human consumption."

According to his research, Grubb said a natural alternative to stop spider mites is the introduction of 3,500 ladybugs to each grow house.

Other chemicals were also found on site, some still in containers attached to hoses and others mixed in large plastic vats of water. The Department of Environmental Quality was on-site gathering information from the labels. DEQ will then advise Grubb and his team of disposal procedures for the chemicals.

"The chemicals are just going into our water system," Grubb said, "We will work with DEQ to figure out the best way to dispose of the chemicals, so we don't hurt our water tables."

Chinese passports and cigarettes were found along with $8,000 in cash inside the mobile home at the bust in Jacktown July 13. Photo provided by DA Allan Grubb

In addition to the 2,200 plants, three vehicles - a 2016 Suburban, 2006 Honda Odyssey, and a 2015 Honda Accord - were also seized. Two passports from the Republic of China and Chinese cigarettes were found inside the mobile home, as well as $8,000 in cash.

Grubb asks for the public's continued help calling the DA's office at 405-275-6800 if you suspect an illegal grow house.

 

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