Feds bust suspected Pittsburg/Atlanta pot trafficking ring; alleged money launderer arrested in Bay Area
OAKLAND — A man suspected of conspiring with others to ship marijuana from Pittsburg to Atlanta, Georgia was arrested in the Bay Area last week on an arrest warrant for money laundering charges, court records show.
Alhaji Jewru Touray was arrested in connection with a federal conspiracy and money laundering case based in Georgia. The complaint against Touray says that a confidential federal informant confessed to agents to helping Touray vacuum-seal bags of marijuana in a home on Springhill Drive in Pittsburg to prepare them for shipment to Atlanta.
During the course of the two-year investigation, authorities seized more than to $400,000 in cash, according to court records.
The investigation started in 2017, when TSI agents questioned an employee of Delta Global Services — an airplane ground handling company owned by Delta Airlines — after he was observed trying to take more than $140,000 in cash through an employee security screening at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
The employee later told authorities he was planning to board a flight bound from Atlanta to San Francisco, that the money belonged to Touray, and that he and others had made similar currency deliveries for Touray in the past.
The following year, Touray and a female companion tried to board a flight from Atlanta to San Francisco with $48,000 concealed in luggage. The money was seized after a drug-sniffing dog alerted to the suitcase, the complaint says. That same day, a suitcase with more than $75,000 in cash was flagged and seized the same way, and later linked to Touray, authorities said.
Then, in 2019, authorities were able to recruit a confidential source, an alleged co-conspirator who agreed to help with the investigation “in exchange for consideration,” the complaint says. The confidential informant described the money as proceeds for pot trafficking. Authorities later searched through a curbside garbage can outside the Springhill Drive home and found evidence, including 30 bags with marijuana residue, the complaint says.