It seems the latest corruption scandals in the cannabis industry could be just the tip of the iceberg.
On December 19, 2019, an undercover FBI agent attended a meeting with two Calexico city officials, Bruno Suarez-Soto and David Romero.
He presented himself as a representative of investors seeking to open a cannabis dispensary in Calexico.
According to the charging documents, Romero and Soto accepted $35,000 in cash bribes for the rapid issuance of a city permit for the dispensary, and for revoking or hindering other applicants if necessary.
Referring to Chavez’s statement about the license price that can “go as high as $500,000”, Steve Schain, a senior attorney at Hoban Law Group in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, said to Marijuana Business Daily:
“Apparently, the FBI is re-creating fables about our industry,” he noted, explaining that “a license is not a guarantee of printing money.”
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