US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. authorities have arrested a Seattle woman and conducted raids in an investigation into what they say is an international criminal operation tied to China.

The Seattle Times reports Saturday that authorities are searching for two men who are suspected of leading a crime ring that used hundreds of thousands of dollar wired from China to grow marijuana illegally in 17 homes around Washington state and then shipped it to New York’s black market.

Agents have arrested 37-year-old Seattle resident Xiamin Huang and are looking for her husband and his brother.

The U.S. attorney says agents also raided homes in the cities of Seattle, Burien, Kent, Tacoma and Renton and seized more than 3,000 marijuana plants.

Investigators believe a commercial property in New Jersey was also involved in their crimes.