Man Convicted Of Trying To Bribe Former Sheriff Faces Up To 40 Years For Marijuana Cultivation

A Siskiyou County cannabis farmer who was found guilty by a federal jury March 18th for trying to bribe former Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey faces a lengthy possible sentence for the bribery conviction, but even more time for the pot he was growing. 36-year-old Chi Meng Yang of Montague and his sister, 36-year-old Goasheng Laitinen, met with Sheriff Lopey seven times in 2017, as yang presented himself as a representative for several families of marijuana cultivators. He offered the Sheriff One Million Dollars for the law enforcement protection of his cannabis plots. He also wanted deputies to serve other growers with violation notices to pressure them to join his protection racket. Sheriff Lopey contacted the FBI and the DEA, and meetings with yang were recorded to be used in his prosecution. When the final meeting occurred on August 31st of 2017, state and federal agents raided all eight of Yang’s properties and destroyed 1,168 growing plants. Laitenen pleaded guilty a week before the trial and she’ll be sentenced in August. Yang will be sentenced in June and he faces up to 15 years in federal prison for the bribery and conspiracy charges, and 5 to 40 years for the cultivation, along with a $5 Million fine.