Three Concord Residents Arrested in Raid that Netted Senator Leland Yee

March 27, 2014 15:42 pm · 25 comments

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Three Concord residents who according to court documents allegedly owned and operated a marijuana grow house at 5555 Merritt Dr. in Concord (behind Pine Hollow Middle School) were arrested on Wednesday in the raid that netted California State Senator Leland Yee.

In the complaint against the 26 defendants filed by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, it states Concord residents Bryan Tilton, Jane Liang and Tina Liang are said to have operated a marijuana grow house that was raided by the FBI, Oakland Police and the IRS in late February of 2014.

The home, which the FBI says was purchased in cash for over $300,000 in 2012 by Tilton, allegedly had over 500 marijuana plants inside.

According to the FBI, Bryan Tilton, Jane Liang and Tina Liang have been charged with the following:

  • Bryan Tilton – Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce and Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics.
  • Jane Liang – Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce.
  • Tina Liang – Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce and Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics

BELOW IS THE FULL PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FBI:

A federal criminal complaint filed on March 24, 2014, was unsealed in San Francisco charging 26 defendants with firearms trafficking, money laundering, murder-for-hire, drug distribution, trafficking in contraband cigarettes, and honest services fraud, announced United States Attorney Melinda Haag, FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation, Special Agent in Charge José M. Martinez.

The defendants include Raymond “Shrimpboy” Chow, the current Dragonhead, or leader, of the San Francisco-based Chee Kung Tong organization (CKT), and State Senator Leland Yee, who represents San Mateo County and part of San Francisco County in the California Senate.

With respect to Chow, according to the complaint, as FBI undercover agents infiltrated the CKT through introductions made by Chow and others, a pattern of alleged racketeering activity was uncovered.

According to the complaint, as the relationship developed among the primary undercover agent, Chow, and other defendants, the undercover agent informed the defendants that he was interested in generating income from illegal schemes. The undercover agent was inducted into the CKT as a “consultant.” Thereafter, during the course of multiple undercover operations, the undercover agent was allegedly introduced to a number of the defendants in order to launder money, traffic narcotics, traffic in firearms, traffic purportedly stolen cigarettes and liquor, and engage in murder-for-hire schemes.

Chow also introduced Keith Jackson to the undercover agent. Jackson, the owner and operator of “Jackson Consultancy,” a San Francisco based consulting firm, is a “consultant” to the CKT. Jackson and his son, Brandon Jackson, allegedly responded to a request for weapons by the undercover agent, by indicating that Brandon Jackson and an associate would be able to accommodate his request. Subsequently, Jackson, Brandon Jackson, and Marlon Sullivan sold various types of firearms and two ballistic vests to the undercover agent. Additionally, Jackson, Brandon Jackson, and Sullivan allegedly conspired to commit a purported murder for hire scheme requested by the undercover agent, in addition to other illegal activity, including the sale of stolen credit cards and the purported sale of cocaine to Jackson, Brandon Jackson, and Sullivan from the undercover agent.

Brandon Jackson introduced the undercover agent to Rinn Roeun, one of Brandon Jackson’s sources of supply for firearms. Roeun sold multiple firearms to the undercover agent and, during a series of conversations, told the undercover agent that he was willing to commit murder for a fee.

According to the complaint, in addition to his relationship with Chow and the CKT, Keith Jackson is also a close associate of Senator Leland Yee. From at least May 2011 through the present, Jackson has been involved in raising campaign funds for Yee.

With respect to Yee, the complaint alleges that over the course of 2012 and continuing to the present time, Yee and Keith Jackson allegedly raised money and campaign funds for Yee’s Secretary of State campaign by soliciting donations from FBI undercover agents in exchange for multiple official acts and that Yee and Jackson were involved in a conspiracy to traffic firearms.

Starting in May 2011, according to the complaint, and continuing for several months, Jackson solicited an undercover agent with the FBI to make contributions to Yee’s San Francisco mayoral campaign. These solicitations allegedly included asking the agent for donations in excess of the $500 individual donation limit. The agent declined to make any donations to Yee but introduced Jackson and Yee to a purported business associate, another undercover FBI agent. Jackson and Yee then solicited the second undercover agent for campaign contributions. This solicitation resulted in at least one personal donation in the amount of $5,000 to Yee’s mayoral campaign.

After Yee lost the November 8, 2011 election, according to the complaint, he had at least $70,000 in debt from that campaign. In connection with efforts to retire the mayoral campaign debt, according to the complaint, Yee and Jackson allegedly agreed that Yee would make a telephone call to a manager with the California Department of Public Health in support of a contract under consideration with the second undercover agent’s purported client and would provide an official letter of support for the client, in exchange for a $10,000 campaign donation. Yee allegedly made the call on October 18, 2012, and provided the letter on or about January 13, 2013. On November 19, 2012, Jackson accepted the $10,000 cash donation.

According to the complaint, in a further attempt by Jackson and Yee to gain money from one of the undercover agents, in August 2013, Jackson told the undercover agent that Yee had a contact who deals in arms trafficking. Jackson requested that the undercover agent provide a campaign donation on behalf of Yee, for Yee to facilitate a meeting with the arms dealer with the intent of the undercover agent to purportedly purchase a large number of weapons. During a meeting with the undercover agent, Yee and Jackson allegedly discussed details of the specific types of weapons the undercover agent was interested in buying and importing.

The defendants are charged as follows:

LELAND LIN YEE

  • Conspiracy to Traffic in Firearms Without a License, and to Illegally Import Firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 922(a)(1), and (l)
  • Scheme to Defraud Citizens of Honest Services, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 1343, 1346, 2 (six counts)

KEITH JACKSON

  • Conspiracy to Traffic in Firearms Without a License and to Illegally Import Firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 922(a)(1), and (l)
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)
  • Scheme to Defraud Citizens of Honest Services, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 1343, 1346, 2 (six counts)
  • Use of an Interstate Commerce Facility for the Commission of a Murder-for-Hire, in violation of 1958
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846

KWOK CHEUNG CHOW, a/k/a RAYMOND CHOW, a/k/a SHRIMPBOY

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3) (three counts)
  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, and 2315 (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic and Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315, 2342(a), and 2344

GEORGE NIEH

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3) (three counts)
  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, and 2315 (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic and Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315, 2342(a), and 2344
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1) (two counts)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (two counts)
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § § 841 and 846.

KEVIN SIU

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)

ALAN CHIU

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)

KONGPHET CHANTHAVONG

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § § 841 and 846 (two counts)
  • Possession With Intent to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841
  • Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Crime, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1) (three counts)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1)(three counts)

XIAO CHENG MEI, a/k/a MICHAEL MEI

  • Possession With Intent to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841

BRANDON JACKSON

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)
  • Use of an Interstate Commerce Facility for the Commission of a Murder-for-Hire, in violation of 1958

MARLON SULLIVAN

  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)
  • Use of an Interstate Commerce Facility for the Commission of a Murder-for-Hire, in violation of 1958

RINN ROEUN

  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)
  • Use of an Interstate Commerce Facility for the Commission of a Murder-for-Hire, in violation of 1958

ANDY LI

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846
  • Trafficking in Firearms Without a License, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1) (two counts)
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1) (two counts)

LESLIE YUN

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic and Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315, 2342(a), and 2344

YAT WAH PAU, a/k/a JAMES PAU

  • Money Laundering of Funds Believed to be Proceeds of Specified Unlawful Activity, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(3)
  • Conspiracy to Traffic and Trafficking in Contraband Cigarettes, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315, 2342(a), and 2344

JANE MIAO XHEN LIANG, a/k/a JANE LIANG

  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, and 2315

TINA YAO GUI LIANG, a/k/a TINA LIANG

  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, and 2315
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846

BRYAN TILTON

  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2314, and 2315
  • Conspiracy to Distribute Narcotics, in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 846

HUAN MING MA

  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315

HON KEUNG SO

  • Conspiracy to Receive and Transport Stolen Property in Interstate Commerce, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 2315

NORGE MASTRANGELO

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)

ALBERT NHINGSAVATH

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1)

SERGE GEE

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (three counts)

XIU YING LIANG, a/k/a ELAINE LIANG

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (three counts)

GARY KWONG YIU CHEN

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (two counts)

ANTHONY LAI

  • Money Laundering, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1956(a)(1) (two counts)

WILSON SY LIM

  • Conspiracy to Traffic in Firearms Without a License, and to Illegally Import Firearms, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 371, 922(a)(1), and (l)

In a related case, a complaint filed on March 25, 2014, charging defendant BARRY HOUSE with one count of trafficking in firearms without a license, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1), and one count of felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).

1 I hope they all go away for a March 27, 2014 at 12:47 PM

long, long time, if found guilty.

There is not need for these kind of people in a civilized society.

2 Me-Me, it's all about Me March 27, 2014 at 1:07 PM

The $300k house is now the possession of the Federal Marshals and will be auctioned off after the trial……..oh, well. Easy come, easy go

3 WOW! March 27, 2014 at 1:08 PM

A pretty wide spread web they wove.
And in our own Claycord back yard, and
vigilant neighbors knew nothing.

4 well March 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

The house was a complete dump before the current buyers bought it. My guess is they did nothing to it other than install grow lights and irrigation systems. Tax records show they paid $340k for it. I was in that house back in 2012, it looked like it might have been a drug house prior to it going on the market. That home seems to have a propensity for illegal activity.

5 Guap March 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Crooked politicians, crooked cops…, whoulda thunk?!

6 Tell me Guap March 27, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Where are the crooked cops in this story?
Crooked politicians: only 10 % on the Democrats in the State Senate have been arrested this year. That leave 90% who are honest.

7 Cowellian March 27, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Or, 90% are unindicted.

8 . March 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

@#6….

Or that leaves 90% who haven’t been caught……….yet.

In my 60+ years, I believe I’ve met 5 honest politicians…… None were in this state, and it was 35-40 years ago.

9 East Bay Babe March 27, 2014 at 5:34 PM

GUNS FOR YEE EXCEPT FOR THEE =)

10 Anon March 27, 2014 at 5:44 PM

When IRS will get a close look to all CASH bought properties by private buyers?

11 Pro Fi March 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

@ Anon – was a popular way to buy when the market collapsed. Buyers would leave their underwater homes to purchase new homes, often in the same neighborhood and then walk away from the original, letting it go into foreclosure.
Glad to see the feds looking into these types of transactions. Will be interesting to see how many more they find.

12 PC March 27, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Sounds like Yee has been outed as a hypocrite. Wouldn’t it be great to have politicians who were the “real deal”!

13 Anon March 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

So the poster boy for gun control got busted for among many things, illegal weapons. Huh?

ROFFLOLAPAC!

14 Anon March 27, 2014 at 7:10 PM

“And in our own Claycord back yard, and
vigilant neighbors knew nothing.”

Are they that stupid ???
Do not answer that – that would not happen in my hood.

15 Anonymous March 27, 2014 at 8:25 PM

I keep waiting for the Phantom or someone else to point out that Yee is innocent until proven guilty.

This , of course means Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Mao are all innocent.

16 Libby Rahl March 27, 2014 at 10:50 PM

It’s all Bush’s fault. Crappy economy forced these poor desperate individuals into a life of crime.

17 anon March 27, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Ladies,
Again what is the number 1 name on the do not date list?
Bryan, or Brian.
A close 2nd is Jason and James.
I dont know what it is about those names. The are quite out of proportion compared to other common names when it comes to character.

18 Old School March 27, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Do as I say, not as I do. Off with his head!

19 Sabria March 27, 2014 at 11:53 PM

annon, really? How about D for Derrick?

20 Brian March 28, 2014 at 12:43 AM

@anon #17

You ain’t the first and you ain’t the last
I gain and lose my women fast
I never want to make them cry
I just get bored, don’t ask me why

Just wanna keep doing all the dirty little things I do
And not work all day in an office just to bring my money back to you
Sorry, baby !

21 Anon March 28, 2014 at 5:59 AM

Yhe PhanTurd! Come save us!! ROFFLOLPID

22 Connie Dobbs March 28, 2014 at 7:53 AM

#3 They must have observed the Spare The Air days.
#17, the undateable first name is Wayne.

23 Anonymous March 28, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Phantom is very depressed at this point. Three liberal Democrats in the State Senate arrested.Obama care going down . But don’t worry, he will soon send us huge posts full of other peoples thoughts and boring us to death.
Fact is lots of Democrats are bought and paid for, like DeSaulnier who is MIA regarding BART strikes because the union owns him.

24 Politicians don't follow the laws March 28, 2014 at 9:24 AM

they pass to control the citizenry, they are above the law.

Why should politicians be able to take advantage of laws they themselves ignore?

When it comes to politicians and government bureaucrats, guilty as accused and send them to the firing squad.

25 Anon March 28, 2014 at 8:56 PM

Yhe PhanTurd Where Are You? LOL!

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