By Max Cherney
Federal law enforcement officers this week snatched more than 12,000 cannabis plants from two farming operations on Native American land in California, which were allegedly financed by a Canadian Aboriginal tobacco tycoon.
The two pot farms allegedly operated together, shuttling product between the sites, as well as cash. Confidential informants told the feds that the weed farms have ties to Jerry Montour, CEO of a large Canadian tobacco firm Grand River Enterprises, according to a federal warrant made public on July 8. The warrant says the informants saw Montour on one of the sites, located in the far northeast corner of California in Modoc county.