The State Bureau of Investigation said the victims were located in a 4-hectare area west of Hennessey, about 90 km northwest of Oklahoma City
Four Chinese nationals were killed at an Oklahoma marijuana farm.
Four men and a woman of Chinese nationality were killed at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma over the weekend, local authorities said after receiving a call from emergency 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 west of Hennessey, about 90 km northwest of Oklahoma City.
A fifth person, also a Chinese national, was injured and taken to a local hospital, state police said. Notification of next of kin is still pending “due to a significant language barrier”.
Authorities have a suspect in mind, but said revealing the person's name at this time would put more people at risk.< /p>
“The suspect was at the location for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” police said in a press release. “Based on the investigation done so far, this does not appear to be a random incident ,” she added.
The State Bureau of Investigation said the victims were located in a 4-hectare area west of Hennessey, about 90 km northwest of Oklahoma City. (AP)
According to 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 these individuals all knew each other,” he said.
The Kingfisher County Sheriff's Office responded immediately to the reported hostage situation at the scene and asked state authorities for help.
The suspect was detained this Tuesday by agents of the Miami Beach Police Department, South Florida.
The arrest occurred “after a license plate reader pointed out the vehicle he was driving,” for which he was transferred to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center.
The suspect was arrested Tuesday by agents of the Miami Beach Police Department, South Florida. (OSBI)
He will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill and faces extradition to Oklahoma.
“There is much to find out in this case. “It will take time to process,” 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, said there is an active license for a medicinal drug cultivation business on site.
Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, and the industry grew rapidly, thanks to a law that imposed fewer restrictions than in other states. Voters will decide in March whether to legalize the drug for recreational use. (REUTERS)
None of the 14 marijuana grow operations in the Hennessey area responded to email inquiries from The Associated Press, and officials would not identify which operated at the site of the gunshots.
Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, and the industry grew rapidly, thanks to a law that placed fewer restrictions than in other states. In March, voters will decide whether to legalize the drug for recreational use.
Maryland and Missouri approved recreational marijuana in the midterm elections this month, raising to 21 the total number of states that allow recreational use. Voters in Arkansas, North Dakota and South Dakota rejected legalization proposals in the midterm elections.
(With information from The Associated Press)< /p>