A 23-year-old man from Fairfax County made a court appearance before a district judge on March 6 as part of what is being called a multi-million dollar marijuana distribution operation spanning several states. During what authorities dubbed "Operation Weed Whacker" in 2013, the alleged drug ring was taken apart. The widespread organization was initially discovered in 2012, and the operation that brought them down following an investigation spanning eight months involved the Sacramento Police Department, the District Attorney's Narcotics Enforcement Team of Montgomery County, the FBI, district attorney's offices from several counties in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania State Police.
The man turned himself in to authorities after an arrest warrant was issued in February following a Jan. 30 criminal complaint. He was arraigned in district court on charges related to criminal use of a communication service, corrupt organizations, conspiracy and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver. The bail was $50,000 unsecured, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 17 in the case.