OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — An indictment has been filed against two Oklahoma attorneys accused of creating illegal medical marijuana operations.
Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor filed the charges Thursday morning following a months-long investigation into Jones Brown Law Firm.
Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics say that Logan Jones and Eric Brown instructed medical marijuana businesses to hire the Jones Brown Law Firm to work as “ghost owners” of their company.
Agreements list that the client would pay $3,000 in licensing fees each year. In turn, the firm would provide a consultant to serve as an Oklahoma resident, so the client could get their medical marijuana license.
“Let these charges send a loud and clear message to anyone engaging in criminal operations in Oklahoma – your actions will not go unnoticed,” said Attorney General O’Connor. “My office is committed to eradicating these illegal operators and will continue to hold those facilitating illegal marijuana operations accountable. I am grateful for the excellent investigative work by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and their dedication to dismantling criminal organizations.”
Several locations were searched during the investigation, including businesses in Mayes County, Garvin County and Love County. Jones Brown Law Firm is headquartered in Oklahoma City.
Investigators say that Jones and Brown submitted documents to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and to OBN asserting percentages of ownership including a 75% owner as an Oklahoma resident and a 25% owner as a non-Oklahoma resident. More than 400 marijuana farms in Oklahoma listed Jones Brown Law Firm as 75% owners.
Jones and Brown have each been charged with one count of conspiracy to cultivate a controlled, dangerous substance, six counts of offering false or forged instruments for recordation, three counts of cultivation of a controlled dangerous substance, and one count of patter of criminal offenses.
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