YREKA, Siskiyou County (AP) — Federal officials have charged a brother and sister with offering a California sheriff $1 million to turn a blind eye to their marijuana growing operations.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento says Chi Meng Yang and Gaosheng Laitinen offered Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey the money earlier this year in exchange for protection from raids.READ MORE: Vigil Set for Saturday in Santa Rosa to Bring Attention to Search for Missing Mom
Lopey tells the Record Searchlight he contacted federal authorities after the bribe was offered and wore a hidden device to record conversations with Yan and Laitinen while pretending to cooperate.READ MORE: Warriors, Chase Center to Require Fans Show Proof of COVID Booster Shots
Yang was arrested Thursday and is scheduled to make an appearance in court Friday. Officials are still trying to find Laitinen.MORE NEWS: Pacers Stun Curry, Warriors 121-117 in Overtime
U.S. Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Lauren Horwood did not immediately respond to a telephone message asking if Yang has a lawyer.