Business associates arrested in California over marijuana murder-for-hire plot

Three California cannabis business insiders have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot to kidnap and assassinate a fourth business associate in a cannabis deal gone sour.

The defendants – Salam Razuki, Sylvia Gonzales and Elizabeth Juarez – were arrested last month and charged after the three allegedly tried to have an unidentified business colleague “whacked” in Mexico, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The three were trying to resolve a business dispute involving roughly $40 million and properties that were intended to be leased out to function as marijuana retail shops, according to the DOJ.

But beginning in October, Razuki, Gonzales and Juarez allegedly attempted to arrange for a business partner – identified by the DOJ only as “N.M.” – to be kidnapped and assassinated in Mexico for $3,000.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported further details about the incident, and the Voice of San Diego obtained the full criminal complaint.

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3 comments on “Business associates arrested in California over marijuana murder-for-hire plot
  1. George Bianchini on

    $3000 for a hit over a $40,000,000 deal. Almost sounds like a black Friday markdown!
    Sylvia Gonzales and Elizabeth Juarez, Well girls will be girls!

  2. Pat on

    So, it seems that all of these women were licensed by the state of ca? How blessed. If they were, kinda makes sense. Why? The state of ca. made it unreasonably expensive to allow those ( much less criminally inclined and of modest means ) into the “new” market as an anti competitive practice to bar entry for the vast majority; many of whom were playing by the rules all along. That way the state can keep prices high and not have to work as hard ( managing all those other potential businesses that never had a chance…). So, the state seems to have allowed those that were historically largely breaking the rules/laws, and making a boatload of money doing it, to be eligible for a license … And likely more of the same to come? Our best and our brightest at work in Sacramento for the people of California.

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