A suspect was taken into custody after 4 folks had been “executed” at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma over the weekend, authorities mentioned Tuesday.
Wu Chen, 45, was arrested in Miami, Florida, simply earlier than 4 p.m. when a license plate reader flagged the car he was driving, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation mentioned in a press release.
Chen was apprehended with out incident and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma, the place he’s anticipated to face fees of homicide and capturing with intent to kill, the company mentioned.
It wasn’t instantly clear if Chen has a lawyer to talk on his behalf.
In an earlier assertion, the bureau mentioned the victims included three males and one lady. They weren’t recognized, however described as Chinese nationals.
A fifth Chinese nationwide was injured within the incident, which occurred Sunday in a rural space northwest of Oklahoma Metropolis, the company mentioned. The particular person’s situation was not instantly accessible.
The suspect entered a constructing on the property at 5:45 p.m., the assertion mentioned. A number of workers had been inside on the time, and the suspect remained there for a “important period of time earlier than the executions started,” the company mentioned.
The assertion added that the killings didn’t look like random.
The bureau didn’t say how the victims had been killed. In a press release Monday, authorities mentioned deputies responding to a report of a hostage state of affairs discovered their our bodies.
Armed brokers had been seen Monday looking for the suspect on the property. A helicopter and a drone had been additionally used, NBC affiliate KFOR of Oklahoma Metropolis reported.
A spokesman for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Harmful Medicine mentioned Tuesday that the company was investigating whether or not an lively medical marijuana license obtained by the develop operation was legitimate.
Efforts to achieve somebody on the enterprise Tuesday had been unsuccessful. Reached by telephone, a business actual property agent dealing with a sale itemizing for the land mentioned she didn’t know something concerning the proprietor.
The property, described within the itemizing as 10 acres with 5,000 sq. toes of develop area and 50 non permanent greenhouses, or hoop homes, was put available on the market in Might for $999,999.
A neighbor, Brandon Walker, mentioned the property was once a dairy farm however was bought lately to an funding firm, which bought the land once more earlier than it was transformed to a develop operation.
Since Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana in 2018, greater than 10,000 companies have been licensed and 1 in 10 residents have gotten playing cards permitting them to purchase the product.
In Might, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a invoice briefly blocking new dispensary and processing licenses. The transfer got here after lawmakers mentioned business operations that included out-of-state and international growers had been exploiting in-state residency necessities and restricted enforcement assets.
Whereas the standing of the develop operation the place the quadruple murder occurred stays unclear, legislation enforcement officers have reported an increase in black market operators utilizing suspected human trafficking victims, together with Chinese nationals, to develop and trim marijuana bought in authorized dispensaries.