The man who was arrested last month for operating a massive marijuana grow house in rural Tennessee is a foreign national from China, law enforcement officials told The Daily Wire on Friday.
On November 30, the sheriff’s office in Stewart County announced that it had shut down “the largest marijuana grow in county history.” The bust made national news due to several extraordinary factors — not only was the sophisticated growing operation run out of a church, but the grounds were “booby-trapped” in expectation of law enforcement.
Now The Daily Wire can confirm that the sheriff’s office named its suspect, 55-year-old Ruian Huang, a foreign national who is believed to be from China. The sheriff’s office told The Daily Wire that Huang was in the United States on a green card, but could not confirm whether Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had become involved in the case.
According to the county’s inmate database, Huang is being held on various drug charges, including maintaining a dwelling for growing a controlled substance. His bond is currently set at $155,000.
The arrest comes as illegal Chinese-backed marijuana operations have cropped up across the United States, including major drug busts in…