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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Sole survivor of muderous marijuana attack on Oklahoma pot farm arrested by narcotic agents

The survivor of the mass shooting at an Oklahoma marijuana farm was arrested Wednesday as a result of an investigation into the legality of the operation.

Yifei Lin, 44, is accused of conspiring to commit fraud against the state and illegally manufacturing and trafficking marijuana. He is listed in state records as a 25% owner of the farm 15 miles west of Hennessey.

He was the first victim found by Kingfisher County sheriff deputies when they responded to a call about a possible hostage situation.

His arrest came as he was being released from a hospital and after narcotics agents concluded he had used a straw owner to get around Oklahoma licensing laws.

"Yifei Lin knowingly signed documents which allowed for the fraudulent obtaining of a marijuana license and registration for a ten-acre farm, more commonly known as Lu & Chen Inc.," a narcotics agent told a judge in an arrest affidavit.

Narcotics agents identified the straw owner as Richard Ignacio of Bethany. He told agents Nov. 21 that he has made $100,000 over the last two years from the marijuana farms where he lent his name in order to fraudulently obtain licenses and registrations, according to the affidavit.

"He stated he did so for six different farms located throughout the state," the agent wrote.

Lin could not get a grow license and registration by himself in 2020 because he had not lived in Oklahoma two years at the time.

Lin was being held Thursday in the Kingfisher County jail.

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control on Nov. 21 seized 1,971 pounds of processed marijuana and 4,675 plants from the farm.

He was charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon after the 2020 shooting. He also was charged with drug trafficking after marijuana was found in an Edmond house where he had stayed.

Before the Nov. 20 incident, Lin was free on bond and still running the farm while the 2020 case was pending.

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