Arrests Made In Native American Grow Operation.
Two men have been arrested for working respectively with a Native American tribe in South Dakota to create the country's first marijuana resort. The top prosecutor of the state has arrested and charged the two with accusations of having seeds shipped from overseas, hidden in CD cases and sewn into clothing.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe previously feared a federal raid, leading them to destroy their crops about eight months ago. However, their prior plans to try to develop an "adult playground" were aborted and they now claim they will not revisit their proposal. Instead, they will use their greenhouse to grow vegetables.
Eric Hagen, chief executive of the Colorado based company Monarch America, was charged with conspiracy to possess, possession and attempt to possess more than 10 pounds of marijuana. Jonathan Hunt, vice president and cultivation expert, was charged with conspiracy to possess between a half-pound and a pound of marijuana. It is expected that Hunt will plead guilty on August 15th, though neither Hagen or Hunt have offered comments on the subject.
Attorney General Marty Jackley, warned the tribe about the range of charges they could receive for moving forward with their proposal. "It is very clearly a violation of both federal and state law what was proposed and what was happening," he said. However, he does view the tribe as a victim even though it has been said that the tribe held on to seeds even after they destroyed their crops eight months ago.