Four men and one woman Chinese nationality were killed in a marijuana farm of Oklahoma over the weekend, local authorities said after receiving a lemergency call where they reported that it was a hostage situation.
The State Bureau of Investigation indicated that the victims were located in a 4-hectare area to the west of hennesseyabout 90 km northwest of oklahoma city.
A fifth person, also a Chinese national, was injured and taken to a local hospital, state police said. The notification to the next of kin is still pending “due to an important language barrier”.
The authorities have a suspicious in mind, but they assured that revealing the person’s name at this time would put more people in danger.
“The suspect was at the location for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” police said in a news release. “Based on the research done so far, this does not seem to be a random incident”, he added.
according to the captain State Bureau of Investigation, Stan Florence, the suspect knew the victims. “Everyone knows each other. I don’t know if they are relatives or co-workers, but we believe that all of these individuals knew each other,” she stated.
The Kingfisher County Sheriff’s Office immediately responded to the reported hostage situation at the scene and appealed to state authorities for help.
The suspect was arrested on Tuesday by police officers. Miami Beach Police Department, South Florida.
The arrest occurred “after an automobile license plate reader pointed out the vehicle he was driving,” for which he was transferred to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center.
He will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill and faces extradition to Oklahoma.
“There is a lot to find out in this case. “It will take us time to process it,” he said. Florence
“Being a marijuana farm, obviously Oklahoma state law requires them to be licensed by the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and by us,” he said. “One of the things we’re looking at is, was it obtained legally or was it obtained by fraud? So that will be part of our investigation.”
Porsha Riley, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority, indicated that there is a active license for a medicinal drug cultivation business in the place.
None of the 14 marijuana grow operations in the Hennessey area responded to email inquiries from The Associated Press, and officials declined to identify which operated at the shooting site.
Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018 and the industry grew rapidly, thanks to a law that imposed less restrictions than in other states. In March, voters will decide whether to legalize the drug for recreational consumption.
Maryland and Missouri approved recreational marijuana in midterm elections this month, bringing the total number of states that allow recreational use to 21. Voters in Arkansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota rejected legalization proposals in the midterm elections.
(With information from The Associated Press)