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Chinese National Sentenced for Possessing More than 260 Pounds of Marijuana

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. – U.S. District Judge John D. Russell sentenced Jin Kai Chen, 51, to 18 months imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute.

According to court documents, in Sep. 2023, Chen was pulled over by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Officers detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Upon search of the vehicle, Chen had 244 individual packages of marijuana, totaling 268.4 pounds. Further search of the vehicle, officers found more than $100k in vacuum-sealed bags.

Chen is a Chinese national and a permanent resident of the United States. He will remain in custody pending transfer to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The Homeland Security Investigations, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Rogers County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney David A. Nasar prosecuted the case.


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Updated June 26, 2024