Federal agents say 39-year-old Kirkland resident Jacob Stuart is the head honcho of his own "international drug-trafficking organization." The feds tapped Stuart's cell phone and listened in as he and his henchmen plotted deliveries of cocaine and marijuana across the U.S. and Canada. Most times Stuart's gang used private planes to smuggle their product, but according to court documents, Stuart's people occasionally stashed their weed beneath shipments of manure headed across the Canadian border to Washington.
According to recently unsealed court documents, Stuart and his associates flew the drugs around the country by private plane, were caught on tapped phones preparing for a kidnapping, and worked with a Hells Angels associate to smuggle drugs to and from Canada.
Federal prosecutors contend marijuana was smuggled south hidden in manure trucks, then handed off to members of the organization for distribution around the country. Cocaine was flown or driven north from Southern California to Canada, an increasingly common cross-border drug trafficking practice.
That seems to bring a whole new meaning to the phrase "shitty weed," doesn't it? But despite the poo-tainted smuggling tactic, prosecutors allege Stuart worked with a grower in B.C. who supplied his organization with "specialized strains of marijuana."
Elsewhere in the court docs, prosecutors allege that Stuart's cartel was responsible for importing 1,000 to 2,000 pounds of pot and 100 to 200 kilos of cocaine per month. The loads were (allegedly) flown from Thun Field in Pierce County, Wash., to "various parts of the United States, including California, Illinois, Missouri, Georgia, and New Jersey." More than a thousand kilos of blow were seized nationwide in connection with the Feds' investigation.